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. Among plants in the first crop, there were patterns of variegation so unusual they "could not fail to catch the eye". What was so unusual about these kernels?

2. In Chapter 9, Evelyn Keller states that both science and art are dependent on what?

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

4. In Chapter 11, Evelyn Keller states that molecular biology rescued the gene from decades of ambiguity and what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened after Barbara delivered her talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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 2

Describe how Barbara's parents had an influence on her growing up and as an adult. Where do you think Barbara got her independence and scientific mind from?

Essay Topic 3

What happened when the author of the book, Evelyn Keller, set out to get on tape and on paper the "recollections and musings" of Barbara McClintock? Describe the experience that Keller had with Barbara and what her impression was of her.

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