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. Barbara was impressed by the ability of some Tibetans to do what?

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

3. What does the term, dissociation mean?

4. How many years later was it when Barbara made her second presentation at the Cold Spring Harbor Symposium?

5. It is mentioned in Chapter 7 that in hindsight, most historians would say that the molecular revolution began at what time?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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