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. Who extended an invitation to Barbara to help in the collection and preservation of maize in Central and South America?

3. The Cold Spring Harbor Symposium of 1951 was on what?

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

5. In the beginning of Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller writes about Barbara giving her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium and that it was met with what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Sara McClintock (Barbara's mother). What struggles did Sara McClintock have to face while raising her family? Compare and contrast Sara McClintock and her daughter, Barbara McClintock.

Essay Topic 2

When Barbara visited Germany, she was faced with much sadness and turmoil because it was during the time of World War II and Hitler's reign. How do you think this experience affected Barbara and influenced her over the course of her life? Do you think this experience made her a better person? A better scientist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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

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