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 what year did Evelyn Witkin come to Cold Spring Harbor?

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

4. Barbara McClintock sent off a paper entitled "Some Parallels Between Gene Control Systems in Maize and in Bacteria" to where?

5. 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?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Among the plants in Barbara's very first crop there was one that was particularly noteworthy. Why?

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

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

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

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

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

10. After a decade of total frustration in her efforts, what happened to make Barbara think that the resistance would be weakened that she had encountered?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Describe how Barbara McClintock broke free "of the hidden constraints of tacit assumptions" and allowed "the results of [her] experiments to speak for themselves."

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Barbara's parents had an influence on her growing up and as an adult. Where do you think Barbara got her independence and scientific mind from?

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