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. 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?"

3. In 1942, why had the atmosphere at Cold Spring Harbor become even quieter than normal?

4. Barbara felt like above all, one must have what?

5. When was Barbara's obvious occasion to present the full account of her work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Barbara visited Germany, she was faced with much sadness and turmoil because it was during the time of World War II and Hitler's reign. How do you think this experience affected Barbara and influenced her over the course of her life? Do you think this experience made her a better person? A better scientist? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

How does the quote we read in Chapter 9, "to say someone is obscure is to put the burden of that failure in communication on the speaker" relate to Barbara McClintock? Why do you think so many people had a hard time understanding or believing in Barbara?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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