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 did Evelyn Witkin say she learned from Barbara and developed her own understanding from her?

2. In Drosophila a bacterium divide in two every how many minutes?

3. Who was the director of the 1951 symposium?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the example involving Love Canal that Barbara tries to explain relating to scientists and engineers?

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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

In the book there were people, such as Marcus Rhoades, who were friends who were also colleagues with Barbara and believed in her research. Explain Barbara's relationship with her colleagues. How was she like her colleagues and how was she different from her colleagues. Use specific information from the book to support your answers.

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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