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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 best describes how Watson and Crick felt after Rosy and Maurice left?

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

3. When would Watson and Crick be able to understand the configuration of inorganic ions?

4. 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.

5. Which of the following terms best describes how the meeting went with Rosy, Maurice, Watson and Crick?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Rosy critical of the model Watson and Crick developed?

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

3. Why was it illegal for Watson to move to Cambridge?

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

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

6. In what way might this book be considered an apology for the winning of the Nobel Prize by Watson and Crick?

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

8. What was Watson's breakthrough an implication for?

9. What would Francis find awkward in regards to the problem of DNA?

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

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the issue of a person's politics affecting his ability to travel to complete his work (such as Pauling being unable to travel to the conference in London). Compare this even in the book to current events throughout your writing.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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