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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Watson think that most of the scientific community felt about DNA?

2. Which of the following did Odile NOT prefer?

3. In what year did the author meet Crick?

4. Why do you think Watson told the fellowship committee that his only real interest was crystallography?

5. What did Crick help to make when he worked for the government at the beginning of World War II?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way might this book be considered an apology for the winning of the Nobel Prize by Watson and Crick?

3. What specific information was Crick interested in from Rosy's lecture that Watson had a difficult time retrieving?

4. What was Francis Crick's first real scientific triumph?

5. What new information was revealed when Pauling appeared unexpectedly at the meeting?

6. Why was it illegal for Watson to move to Cambridge?

7. How did Delbruck feel about Watson's TMV discovery and the comparison Watson made between Crick and Pauling?

8. Why did Wilkins come to Naples?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay examining the character of Rosy in an in-depth manner. Relate her description, actions and ideas to the concept of women in a male dominated field during the 1950s. Make an evaluation of these ideas and concepts and present them with support from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the author's depiction of women throughout the novel. Provide specific examples of depictions aligning with physical descriptions and whether or not you believe they are fair and accurate.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay describing how the term self-deprecating could be used to describe Watson's own humor throughout the novel. Be sure to include examples from the book to support your writing.

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