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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Under what conditions did the Baby Boomers grow up according to the authors?
(a) They understood difficult financial times.
(b) They sufferred as child laborers.
(c) They wre treated harshly.
(d) They were spoiled and lacked discipline.

2. Eventually, what happens to circular cycles?
(a) They have a moment of discontinuity.
(b) They become stronger.
(c) They disappear.
(d) They bore people.

3. How is Arnold Toynbee's cycle characterized?
(a) Happiness and despair.
(b) Marriage and divorce.
(c) War and peace.
(d) Wealth and poverty.

4. What do children do in the general cycle of life according to the authors?
(a) Eat.
(b) Steal.
(c) Complain.
(d) Grow.

5. What do gray champions do to the Fourth Turning?
(a) Create conflict in the Fourth Turning.
(b) Close the Fourth Turning.
(c) Bring the Fourth Turning to a climax.
(d) Grow relationships during the Fourth Turning.

6. What was the First Turning's time period like?
(a) American doubt and retreat.
(b) American dominance.
(c) England's hold over America.
(d) American poverty and fear.

7. What was the generational cycle of 1740?
(a) Jonathan Edward's Awakening Generation.
(b) The Family Values Generation.
(c) Washington's Country Generation.
(d) Philadelphia's Growing Generation.

8. What were Jefferson and Reagan considered?
(a) Artists.
(b) Heroes.
(c) Nomads.
(d) Elder prophets.

9. What will happen with a revolutionary change?
(a) New educations will form.
(b) A new gray champion.
(c) Conflicts resolve themselves.
(d) Old money will disappear.

10. What should Americans expect concerning living standards in the future according to the authors?
(a) Living standards will positively change slowly.
(b) Living standards will decline.
(c) Living standards will improve quickly.
(d) Living standards will be stagnant.

11. What happened to the Etruscans?
(a) The Victorians controlled them.
(b) They never realized history was cyclical.
(c) The Roman Empire replaced them.
(d) They refused to pay their bills.

12. How often do new generations develop?
(a) Every 17 to 24 years.
(b) Every 24-46 years.
(c) Once every 50 years.
(d) About 10 years.

13. How often does each saeculum in the United States last?
(a) 150-200 years.
(b) A decade.
(c) 80-100 years.
(d) We don't know yet.

14. How are revitalizations divided?
(a) Within communities.
(b) Into saeculums.
(c) By gender roles.
(d) Through monetary means.

15. What do the authors mean when they state all cycles are circular?
(a) They have perfect and unbreakable repetition.
(b) They are perfectly a century.
(c) They eventually reach all stages.
(d) They contain even numbers of years.

Short Answer Questions

1. What comprises the Second Turning according to the authors?

2. The authors say that what comprises circular cycles?

3. What happens to old values during the First Turning according to the authors?

4. What does a gray champion tell about a time period?

5. The authors say that present day Americans continue to acknowledge what periodic cycle?

(see the answer keys)

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