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. When the National Academy of Sciences elected Barbara McClintock as a member, how many other women before her had held that particular honor?

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

3. Barbara suggested that we must have what to "let it come to you"?

4. What is Neurospora?

5. Why did Barbara feel bad every time she walked on grass?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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