A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock Test | Final Test - Hard

Evelyn Fox Keller
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In addition to making copies of itself, DNA also makes what?

2. Barbara felt like above all, one must have what?

3. DNA makes RNA and RNA makes what?

4. In Chapter 11, Evelyn Keller states that molecular biology rescued the gene from decades of ambiguity and what?

5. Max Delbruck first came to the United States from what country?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when Lotte Auerbach from the University of Edinburgh visited Barbara in her lab at Cold Spring Harbor?

2. in the late 1950s, what was the new option that materialized for Barbara?

3. Why did it take Barbara six years before she could present the scientific world with her ideas on transposition?

4. How did Barbara arrange to get an invitation to Cold Spring Harbor?

5. What happened after Barbara delivered her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

6. What did Keller say about good science and what does it need to proceed?

7. In Chapter 7, when it was mentioned that Barbara was in private upheaval, what significant event happened during that time and why was she in private upheaval?

8. What difference did Milislav Demerec observe about the symposium papers from 1941 compared to the papers from 1951?

9. What were the three critical factors in Millikan's style of research that Holton cited?

10. How did Milislav Demerec describe what the view of genes was in 1941?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Watson and Crick's research, what they were famous for, and what their answer was to the question in Chapter 11, "how do genes make exact copies of themselves?"

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 12, Evelyn Keller asks the question, "What enabled McClintock to see further and deeper into the mysteries of genetics than her colleagues?" She then answers with words from Barbara. In your own words describe how Barbara answered this question and then also answer the question from your own point of view after reading the book.

Essay Topic 3

Do you think Evelyn Keller did a good job in describing what type of person Barbara McClintock was? How did Keller do at describing scientific jargon or vocabulary to the average reader? How did Keller touch each part of McClintock's life in her book? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your explanations.

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