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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 did Crick lack when it came to the type of research needed for a PhD thesis?

2. Which of the following did Watson and Crick add to the models which already existed within the Cambridge lab?

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

4. How many types of nucleotides are in DNA?

5. Which of the following characters was on the edge of being fired?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Wilkins come to Naples?

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

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

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

5. Who typed Watson and Crick's paper?

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

7. What realization did Watson come to years after their discovery of the structure of DNA in regards to Rosy?

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

9. What happened when Watson went to work trying to apply his pairs theory to the new base structures?

10. What specific information was Crick interested in from Rosy's lecture that Watson had a difficult time retrieving?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

Write an essay on the theme of integrating the work of science with outside diversions, merging a scientist's work with his life portrayed throughout the novel. Be sure to include specific examples.

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