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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 is the best definition for relations as used in the following sentence: His biggest problem, though, was relations with Rosy, and he had to consider firing her.

2. Which of the following people wrote the forward?

3. How much less money was his new fellowship offer for?

4. Why couldn't Sir Lawrence remove Crick from the lab?

5. Which of the following characters did Crick discuss his problems with the helix theory with?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Watson want to study after hearing Pauling's lecture?

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

3. What concerned Maurice about Linus?

4. What is Watson's position on life and work?

5. Why did Herman tell Watson that he was in no state to teach the student biochemistry?

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

7. If Crick had been fired by Sir Lawrence, why might he have found it difficult to find a new job?

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

9. Why didn't Crick attend the lecture?

10. What pattern does Watson's trip to Paris continue to demonstrate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing how the title of the novel provides insight to the savvy reader throughout the chapters. Explain in detail your rationale.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay discussing the idea that scientists within the scientific community often speak different languages. This refers to the language of disciplines, not the language of countries.

Essay Topic 3

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

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