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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 terms describes how Watson felt about working at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge?

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

3. How many types of nucleotides are in DNA?

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

5. At what university were both Crick and the author working in the opening chapter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What statement did Rosy make about the idea that helices were the answer to the structure of DNA?

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

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

6. Why did Watson decline the invitation to speak at a meeting in the United States?

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

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

9. Why did Watson and Crick want a new start?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing how a competitive streak drives scientists. Use examples from the text to show an example of this idea.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how the scientific process can be seen throughout this novel. Use specific examples and key words from the scientific process such as hypothesis, test, control, etc.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay evaluating the statement that Watson is only enthusiastic about learning when something is practical and relevant immediately, otherwise, he places no value in learning. Use information from the text to support your evaluation.

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