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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. What did the Etruscans know?
(a) That money did not matter.
(b) That other cultures were stronger than theirs.
(c) That food was sustainable.
(d) That history was cyclical.

4. How do the authors and other historians view cycles of war?
(a) As necessary evils that people will never understand.
(b) The death of one saeculum and the birth of the next.
(c) The start and end of a crisis.
(d) As something Americans endure better than others.

5. How did the Lost Generation treat social life?
(a) Social life was for religion.
(b) Social life was for security.
(c) Social life kept family traditions alive.
(d) Social life was for exploitation.

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

7. What do cycles in major cultures share according to the authors?
(a) A changing of clothing styles.
(b) An idea of a male God.
(c) They follow several rules.
(d) A change in transportation.

8. What happens during a first turning?
(a) Elder prophets die.
(b) Nomads are born.
(c) Artists become elders.
(d) Heroes are young adults.

9. What do generations do when they pass through a crisis according to the authors?
(a) Produce a kind of institutional memory that is reflected through the next cycle of generations.
(b) Save money for happier times.
(c) Write so history is recorded.
(d) Close down as a protective mechanism.

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

11. According to the authors, what have people sought to redefine in the last 150 years?
(a) The concept of the generation.
(b) Saving money for generations to come.
(c) The way the media reacts to generations.
(d) Family life and how to succeed while protecting it.

12. What was the generational cycle of 1640?
(a) The Queen's Educated Generation.
(b) Religious Reform Generation.
(c) John Winthrop's Puritan Generation.
(d) King George's Tax Generation.

13. What is the most recent second turning according to the authors?
(a) Sitcoms of the 1980s.
(b) Loud clothing of the 1990s.
(c) Lack of parenting in the 2000s.
(d) Tax revolts of the early 1980s.

14. What happens in 'cyclical time' according to the authors?
(a) History repeats itself with only temporary progress.
(b) History cannot complete its beginnings.
(c) History hurts the minority.
(d) History starts and stops frequently.

15. What hit the Lost Generation hard?
(a) Two world wars and the Great Depression.
(b) Aging too quickly.
(c) A lack of education.
(d) New expectations.

Short Answer Questions

1. What should Americans expect concerning living standards in the future according to the authors?

2. When a time period produces a revolutionary change, what stage are the 'children'?

3. What fascinated the Romans according to the authors?

4. How does the archetypal pattern begin?

5. When did the American saecular cycle begin?

(see the answer keys)

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