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. Who's number of year-round investigators hovered around six and eight?

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

3. According to Gerald Horton, as Saint Thomas saw seraphim and Jean Perrin saw atoms, who saw electrons?

4. In what year did Lewis Stadler die?

5. What does the term, dissociation mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Describe what mitosis is and also describe the stages in mitosis and what happens during those phases.

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