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. Gerald Holton commented on scientific imagination and it's importance to how many particular scientists?

2. DNA makes RNA and RNA makes what?

3. Who said of Barbara that "she was able to convey it to someone who was completely outside the field. She was able to make it real?"

4. In the model that Monod and Jacob proposed, they stated that protein synthesis is not regulated by just the structural gene but by how many other genes?

5. When was Barbara's obvious occasion to present the full account of her work?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did George Beadle tell Warren Weaver of the Rockefeller Foundation about Barbara's visit to Stanford?

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

3. What did Lewis Stadler point out about the knowledge of genes and who else made this point with him?

4. 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?"

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the significance of Barbara McClintock to the world of science. Describe McClintock's importance to women in science. How did individuals benefit from knowing and working with McClintock?

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