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 1942, why had the atmosphere at Cold Spring Harbor become even quieter than normal?

2. What did Einstein call a deep reverence for nature?

3. According to Gerald Horton, as Saint Thomas saw seraphim and Jean Perrin saw atoms, who saw electrons?

4. Which type of RNA contains the information coding for the sequence of amino acids?

5. What was Demerec summing up by the words, "Ten years ago they were visualized as fixed units with precise boundaries?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the early twentieth century what kind of science did biology transform into and what kind of science had it been before that?

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

4. What did Barbara feel was an organism that was especially unappreciated and why?

5. Why was Barbara apprehensive about presenting her data at the next annual Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. What is the answer to Eveyln Keller's question when she asks, "What enabled McClintock to see further and deeper into the mysteries of genetics than her colleagues?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This book was a biography written by Evelyn Keller, therefore it's a book about Barbara McClintock that was written by someone else. How do you think this book would have been different if McClintock would have written it herself? What are some events or people that you think would have been described differently had McClintock written the book herself? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your views

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe what transposition is. What was the importance of Barbara's discovery of transposition in maize? How did this discovery affect the scientific world and Barbara's life?

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