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 what year did Evelyn Witkin come to Cold Spring Harbor?

2. What is Neurospora?

3. In Chapter 10, who did Stadler quote to support one of his arguments?

4. Who did Barbara write to to arrange an invitation to Cold Springs Harbor?

5. What is one of the most fundamental questions of genetics that was mentioned in the beginning of Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After a decade of total frustration in her efforts, what happened to make Barbara think that the resistance would be weakened that she had encountered?

3. During the time of the 1960s and 1970s what new honors did Barbara recieve from the larger world of biology?

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

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

6. What were some of the reasons that Cold Spring Harbor was appealing to scientists during the summer?

7. Describe how the information or data that Barbara had collected filled her office.

8. Among the plants in Barbara's very first crop there was one that was particularly noteworthy. Why?

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

10. What is the example involving Love Canal that Barbara tries to explain relating to scientists and engineers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe your favorite section or chapter of the book. What people from this section did you like? Were there any individuals you didn't like? Why or why not? What appealed to you about this particular chapter or section? Are there any words of wisdom that you found in this section?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Barbara McClintock. What were some of her strengths and weaknesses? How do you picture Barbara from descriptions in the book? What kind of inner qualities did Barbara possess that made her a good scientist? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your answers.

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