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

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

3. After what length of time did Demerec propose to make Barbara's position permanent at Cold Springs Harbor?

4. Who was the French intellectual who was mentioned in Chapter 11 that broke with the Communist Party in 1945?

5. Keller states in Chapter 12 that good science cannot proceed without what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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. 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?"

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

9. How did Max Delbruck put Cold Spring Harbor on the map and for whom?

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

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

Describe how Barbara McClintock broke free "of the hidden constraints of tacit assumptions" and allowed "the results of [her] experiments to speak for themselves."

Essay Topic 3

During the course of her life, Barbara McClintock had to deal with a lot of prejudices just because she was a woman. How would her life have been different had she been a man? Do you think she ever regretted the fact that she was a woman? Why or why not? Do you think women today still face certain barriers and "glass ceilings"? Explain your reasoning.

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