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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. Where did Watson and Francis go for the weekend after Rosy's lecture?

2. What did Watson and Crick decide they would need in order to move forward?

3. Which of the following best describes how Watson and Crick felt after Rosy and Maurice left?

4. Why couldn't Sir Lawrence remove Crick from the lab?

5. Which of the following events interrupted Crick's interest in DNA?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Watson told Maurice about Pauling working on the DNA structure, what was Maurice more concerned with at the immediate moment?

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

3. How had Watson gotten a place to leave in Clare College?

4. What did Watson hope to apply Pauling's method to?

5. Who typed Watson and Crick's paper?

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

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

8. Why didn't Crick attend the lecture?

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

10. Why did Watson go ahead with the move to Cambridge before he had permission?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay describing the final structure of DNA. Use specific terminology about the bases in your writing. End your essay with a visual diagram to help clarify 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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