The Double Helix Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 had Pauling partially solved?

2. How did Pauling discover his ?-helix structure?

3. Why did Watson and Crick purchase a copy of Pauling's book on chemical bonding?

4. What happens when Watson is uninterested and unexcited?

5. What had Watson neglected to do at Rosy's lecture?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Watson do that Crick is unhappy with?

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

3. What did Crick accuse Sir Lawrence of?

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

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

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

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

8. What changed during the normally social lunch period in the Cambridge lab?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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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