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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the authors' fear as the book opens?
(a) People will not seriously read the book.
(b) The country is unraveling.
(c) History is being rewritten.
(d) Americans will not vote.

2. How frequently do these cycles of history repeat themselves?
(a) Throughout a decade.
(b) Throughout a century.
(c) Over similar lengths of time.
(d) Over dissimilar lengths of time.

3. What happens during the fourth tide?
(a) Artists become elders.
(b) Elder prophets die.
(c) The heroes are young adults.
(d) Nomads are born.

4. What was the generational cycle of 1600?
(a) Roman Countrymen Generation.
(b) Wheatley's Philosophical Generation.
(c) Religious and Arts Appreciation Generation.
(d) Shakespeare's Elizabethan Generation.

5. How do generations often define themselves according to the authors?
(a) With their parents' generation.
(b) By whatever the media says about them.
(c) By the former generation.
(d) Against the shadow of the generation two steps prior to them.

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

7. How do generations behave with the concept of 'acting according to your season' according to the authors?
(a) Generations act nothing alike-everyone is an individual.
(b) Generations create rebellion against expectations.
(c) Generations gain notoriety for their behavior.
(d) Generations have behaviors appropriate to their place in history.

8. What were Jon Edwards and William Lloyd Garrison considered?
(a) Artists.
(b) Heroes.
(c) Nomads.
(d) Prophets.

9. Why are the men of Mt. Rushmore together according to the authors?
(a) They were friends.
(b) They are historical figures.
(c) The four archetypes function together.
(d) They are from the same time period.

10. Why do the authors look toward prophecy?
(a) Their goals for the audience shift.
(b) This is a different topic.
(c) This is a transition in their material.
(d) They have predicted all they can.

11. What comprises the First Turning according to the authors?
(a) The people strengthen civic institutions.
(b) The people become educated.
(c) The people destroy their health.
(d) The people wreck communities.

12. What comprises the Second Turning according to the authors?
(a) An era of education.
(b) A time period of chaos.
(c) A time period of drug use.
(d) An era of spiritual rebirth.

13. What happens in 'linear time' according to the authors?
(a) It brings depression and we expect the worst.
(b) It creates chaos.
(c) It brings inflation.
(d) It brings hope and we never expect catastrophe.

14. What do all major cultures acknowledge according to the authors?
(a) Artistic influences.
(b) Transportation necessities.
(c) Religious historical cycles.
(d) Educational needs.

15. During the First Turning, why did Americans become conformists?
(a) Their confidence.
(b) Their lack of money.
(c) Their overly-educated youth.
(d) Their new technology.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do cycles in major cultures share according to the authors?

2. What was the generational cycle of 1790?

3. What was the clash of powerful personalities during the beginning of Anglo-American modernity?

4. What happens in 'chaotic time' according to the authors?

5. What year does the book's introduction address?

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