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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. Which of the following words best describes Maurice as a scientist?

2. With whom did Watson want to work in Cambridge?

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

4. What began to interest Crick after his argument with Sir Lawrence?

5. What is the purpose of the preface in this text?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What bothered Crick about his wife's relationship with Elizabeth?

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

5. What did Rosy seem to believe that research on DNA would require?

6. What realization did Watson come to years after their discovery of the structure of DNA in regards to Rosy?

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

8. Describe Crick as seen through Watson's eyes.

9. What does Watson's new informaiton about DNA lead to him to question?

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 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 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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