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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. About how long did Crick think it would take he and Watson to narrow down the number of possible DNA structures?

2. Where were Maurice and Rosy from?

3. Which of the following subjects did Watson avoid during his graduate work?

4. How many types of nucleotides are in DNA?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why didn't Crick attend the lecture?

2. Why did Watson and Crick think that the DNA structure was more complicated than the structure discovered by Pauling?

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

4. How many bases are there in DNA?

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

6. When Watson told Maurice about Pauling working on the DNA structure, what was Maurice more concerned with at the immediate moment?

7. What was the underlying reason behind Sir Lawrence having Watson and Crick stop working on the structure of DNA?

8. Why did Watson go ahead with the move to Cambridge before he had permission?

9. What did Watson and Crick find about the bonds that held together DNA?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

At one point in the novel, Rosy seems very agitated and almost at the point of violence. Write an essay about this event including: Where does this fit of temper come from? Is it truly as the author describes it or is it somehow misinterpreted by him?

Essay Topic 3

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

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