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. How many parts are in the process of transposition?

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

3. Who presented the first paper in the 1951 symposium?

4. Who was quoted in the book as saying, "You let the material tell you where to go, and it tells you at every step what the next has to be?"

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Rudolf Arnheim's words he wrote in Art and Visual Perception saying, "the realm of the unconscious could never enter our experience without the reflection of perceivable things." How does this quote relate to the life of Barbara McClintock?

Essay Topic 2

How is it evident in the book that scientists and we, as a society, underestimate the flexibility of living organisms? Are humans becoming better at accepting and understanding what living organisms can do? Why or why not?

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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