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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do you think Watson told the fellowship committee that his only real interest was crystallography?
(a) To convince them to let him work with Markham
(b) To show his interest in biochemistry
(c) So they would approve his transfer
(d) So they would understand his needs and desires

2. Which of the following terms best describes how the meeting went with Rosy, Maurice, Watson and Crick?
(a) Supportive
(b) Exciting
(c) Realistically
(d) Disappointing

3. Where did the Fellowship Board indicate Watson could transfer?
(a) Crystallography lab in Cambridge
(b) Biochemistry with Markham
(c) Cell physiology lab in Stockholm
(d) Crystallography in Stockhom

4. About how long did Crick think it would take he and Watson to narrow down the number of possible DNA structures?
(a) About a day
(b) About a year
(c) About a month
(d) About a week

5. Which of the following best describes how Watson responded to Pauling's journal articles?
(a) Watson despised Pauling's articles
(b) Watson was jealous of Pauling
(c) Watson disagreed with Pauling's articles
(d) They were over Watson's head

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people does the preface indicate were involved in the discovery of the structure of DNA?

2. In what year did the author meet Crick?

3. Which of the following is the best synonym for pall as used in the following sentence: Rosy's attitude left a pall on the evening.

4. Which of the following terms best describes the human dilemma of deciding to work against your colleague or behind their back?

5. What subject did Crick study as an undergraduate?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the character of Rosy portrayed by the author?

2. What did Watson want to study after hearing Pauling's lecture?

3. What would Francis find awkward in regards to the problem of DNA?

4. What was the force that continued to drive Watson?

5. Why did Watson decline the invitation to speak at a meeting in the United States?

6. Why was Pauling not able to speak at the scientific conference in London?

7. How did Watson and Crick get Rosy's measurements at their Cambridge lab?

8. Describe Francis Crick's home.

9. What statement did Rosy make about the idea that helices were the answer to the structure of DNA?

10. In what way did Watson technically break the terms of his fellowship?

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