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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. What subject did Crick study as an undergraduate?

2. How did Cochran and Crick explain X-ray diffraction by helical molecules?

3. Which of the following characters didn't believe that helices were the answer to the structure of DNA?

4. What could be used to rule out some false starts of potential DNA structures?

5. Which of the following did Watson and Crick add to the models which already existed within the Cambridge lab?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Watson do that Crick is unhappy with?

4. What does Watson think Rosy may do when she comes towards him during their argument?

5. In the forward, Bragg describes the following story as what kind?

6. How was Odile going to help Watson with his problem with eating the food at the local restaurants?

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

8. What happened when Watson went to work trying to apply his pairs theory to the new base structures?

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

10. What must be allowed when the structure of DNA is solved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about scientific ethics. Include answers to the following questions:Rosy has been difficult for Maurice to work with, but does he have the right to secretly copy her images? Does he have a right to show those images to Watson, and does Watson have a right to use these images to move forward his own work? Does Rosy have a right to keep her work secret, when it could be used to further science?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay describing the final structure of DNA. Use specific terminology about the bases in your writing. End your essay with a visual diagram to help clarify your writing.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how Watson portrays himself throughout the novel as slightly behind the other scientists. Use specific examples from the novel to support your writing.

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