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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. What is a cohort-group whose length approximates the span of a phase of life and whose boundaries are fixed by peer personality?

2. What action helped mold the Puritan generation's distinct personality?

3. Who are coming of age in an inner-driven era?

4. What would an examination of cohort groups not be likely to predict?

5. What is true of cohort-membership?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Civics during a crisis era.

3. Describe Idealists in an awakening era.

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

5. Define the fallacy of cohort-centrism.

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

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

8. How were the Civics of the Glorious Generation in the Colonial Cycle looked on?

9. What are some timeless denominators of the human lifecycle?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Summarize the so-called "Second American Revolution." Who were the important people involved? What were the significant events? What was the result of the final outcome?

Essay Topic 3

Explain and describe the four constellational eras and their moods. Specifically apply those four constellational eras to events in American history.

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