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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. What is the purpose of the preface in this text?
(a) To define what type of book it is
(b) To set the purpose and scope
(c) To introduce the characters
(d) To outline the main events of the book

2. Which of the following events interrupted Crick's interest in DNA?
(a) Conflict in the lab
(b) Death in his family
(c) Personal health issue
(d) Marriage

3. Which of the following characters was on the edge of being fired?
(a) Franklin
(b) Watson
(c) Crick
(d) Pauling

4. Who first excited Watson about using x-rays to study DNA?
(a) Perutz
(b) Kalckar
(c) Pauling
(d) Wilkins

5. Who convinced Bragg that Watson and Crick should not be working on the problem of the structure of DNA?
(a) Bragg's boss
(b) Maurice's boss
(c) Crick's boss
(d) Rosy's boss

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Watson and Crick purchase a copy of Pauling's book on chemical bonding?

2. What did Watson study after told to stop working on the model of DNA?

3. Which of the following is the best definition of the term helix?

4. Which of the following characters was already working on the problem of DNA in London with Crick?

5. Which of the following terms describes how Watson felt about working at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Watson's breakthrough an implication for?

3. How did Maurice think it would be best to find a model of DNA?

4. What would Watson and Crick have done if Maurice had told them it bothered him that they were working on the structure of DNA?

5. How did Francis feel about Watson's work with bacteria?

6. What was the topic of Rosy and Maurice's papers?

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

8. What has Watson done on a social aspect while trying to make X-ray photographs?

9. Why did Watson sense a disaster with his sister?

10. How many bases are there in DNA?

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