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

2. Where did Watson go for Christmas?

3. Which of the following terms best describes the human dilemma of deciding to work against your colleague or behind their back?

4. Which of the following best describes how Watson responded to Pauling's journal articles?

5. Which of the following characters was already working on the problem of DNA in London with Crick?

Short Essay Questions

1. What statement did Rosy make about the idea that helices were the answer to the structure of DNA?

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

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

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

5. What two things was Watson interested in with regards to learning the structure of DNA ?

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

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

8. What new information was revealed when Pauling appeared unexpectedly at the meeting?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay explaining why Watson was referred to as a "mad Englishman." Use specific examples from the reading to support your writing.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about how important human interaction was throughout the scientific process. Use specific examples from the reading to support your essay.

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