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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who wrote Grown-ups?
(a) Gail Sheehy.
(b) Daniel Levinson.
(c) Erik Erikson.
(d) Cheryl Merser.

2. What are the birth dates for the Reformation generation?
(a) 1483-1509.
(b) 1480-1510.
(c) 1482-1511.
(d) 1485-1515.

3. Who said "This is the greatest week in the history of mankind since the Creation"?
(a) Douglas MacArthur.
(b) Anthony Lewis.
(c) Richard Nixon.
(d) John Kennedy.

4. Which type of generational child was suffocated and overprotected?
(a) Reactive.
(b) Adaptive.
(c) Civic.
(d) Idealist.

5. Who said a generation "is born, lives, and dies"?
(a) Neil Howe.
(b) Guieseppe Ferrari.
(c) William Strauss.
(d) Walt Disney.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the central role of youth?

2. What are children living home after college called?

3. How do the authors choose the length of a generation?

4. What were the dates for the Puritan Awakening?

5. What is the range of the cohort lengths of all seventeen completed American generations?

Short Essay Questions

1. Define the word generation as the authors see it.

2. What are the four generational types and their relationship to each other?

3. How is the authors' approach to defining American generations different from most other scholars?

4. What other alternating patterns in American history move synchronously between the push and pull of different generations?

5. What is a generational constellation?

6. How would the four different generational groups act if a war arose?

7. Describe Adaptives during an outer-driven era.

8. What are the timespans separating the four pivotal events of American history?

9. What is peer personality?

10. What was the attitude towards children from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s?

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