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. In Chapter 7, Esther Parker had bought a farm that was located how many miles north of Ithaca?

2. Who presented the third paper in the 1951 symposium?

3. The step-by-step evolution of Barbara's interpretation could be followed from her annual reports she wrote for who?

4. Who was the theoretical physicist who was trained by Niels Bohr?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe Barbara McClintock. What were some of her strengths and weaknesses? How do you picture Barbara from descriptions in the book? What kind of inner qualities did Barbara possess that made her a good scientist? Explain your answers and use specific information from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the significance of Barbara McClintock to the world of science. Describe McClintock's importance to women in science. How did individuals benefit from knowing and working with McClintock?

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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