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

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

3. Which of the following is the best definition of phages?

4. Which of the following is the best term for chains of nucleotides?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What two things was Watson interested in with regards to learning the structure of DNA ?

4. How many bases are there in DNA?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay explaining why Watson was referred to as a "mad Englishman." Use specific examples from the reading to support your writing.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the author's reflection about Rosy and how and why his opinion changed as he reflected back years later.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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