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

2. Who first excited Watson about using x-rays to study DNA?

3. What did Crick move on to work on after told to stop working on the model of DNA?

4. What fantasy did Watson have for how he would become involved in his work?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way did Watson technically break the terms of his fellowship?

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

3. How many bases are there in DNA?

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

5. What did Crick tell Watson they had found?

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

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

8. Who typed Watson and Crick's paper?

9. What was Francis Crick's first real scientific triumph?

10. What did Watson attribute much of their success to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about scientific ethics. Include answers to the following questions:Rosy has been difficult for Maurice to work with, but does he have the right to secretly copy her images? Does he have a right to show those images to Watson, and does Watson have a right to use these images to move forward his own work? Does Rosy have a right to keep her work secret, when it could be used to further science?

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 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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