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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. How many years were there from the End of Crisis to the End of Awakening in the Civil War cycle of American history?

2. What answer is not a generational type?

3. What year were the first G.I. babies born?

4. What were the birth years of the Idealist generation during the American Civil War cycle?

5. When were boomers born?

Short Essay Questions

1. Define cohort.

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

3. Define the fallacy of cohort-centrism.

4. To whom did Americans turn during all four of its secular crises?

5. What is peer personality?

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

7. What are the central roles for the four phases of a generation?

8. How did the young Adaptive generation of those under 18 years respond to the Colonial Cycle?

9. When this book was written, what were the four great periods of crisis in American history?

10. What common milestones of life are explained in the book Passages?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain with a specific example how generational awareness applies not only to where a cohort-group finds itself today, but also to where it is expected to go tomorrow.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the correspondence between recurring patterns in generational constellations and recurring types of American historical events of the first four great periods of American crisis.

Essay Topic 3

In the midst of a Crisis Era, in the turning point years of 1937 to 1943, how did Americans view the future? What was the mentality of that view? How was the future to be accomplished? How was each generation involved?

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