Generations Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To propel the generational cycle in the authors' proposed manner, how must a secular crisis end?

2. How many generations form a generational "constellation"?

3. What were the ages of the G.I. Generation on Pearl Harbor Sunday?

4. The authors suggest looking at the American life cycle from what perspective?

5. With whom do young Idealists show the strongest attachment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the two social moments of the Reformation Cycle?

2. How do the authors treat their analysis of the generations?

3. Describe Reactives in an inner-driven era.

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

5. Define cohort.

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

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

8. Describe Idealists in an awakening era.

9. Define life-course fallacy.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Schelsinger's cycles of American history with those of the authors.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Explain specifically the behavior and attitudes of the midlife phase of the Awakener lifecycle during the Revolutionary Cycle? Who were its leaders? What were their attitudes towards religion and politics?

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