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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 hope and we never expect catastrophe.
(d) It brings inflation.

4. What is another name for a 'gray champion'?
(a) A deceased leader.
(b) An elder prophet.
(c) A formerly black champion.
(d) A saluki.

5. According to the authors, Americans identify generations by determining what?
(a) The discord within a generation.
(b) The wealth a generation forms.
(c) The length of a generation.
(d) The death from a generation.

6. What happens to old values during the First Turning according to the authors?
(a) People embrace them.
(b) People change them.
(c) People abandon them.
(d) People improve them.

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

8. What represents the Baby Boomers according to the authors?
(a) Bewitched.
(b) Mighty Mouse.
(c) Mickey Mouse.
(d) Dennis the Menace.

9. What comprises the Third Turning according to the authors?
(a) An unraveling.
(b) A weird hurried approach to life.
(c) Increase in wealth and education.
(d) Total destruction.

10. When was Generation X discovered?
(a) 1990.
(b) 1984.
(c) 1999.
(d) 1992.

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

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

13. What do the authors think Americans could learn from historical cycles?
(a) How to keep families together.
(b) What to save money for.
(c) What is in store for them.
(d) How to be kind.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What were Jefferson and Reagan considered?

2. How do Americans view the First Turning according to the authors?

3. When a time period produces a revolutionary change, what stage are the 'heroes'?

4. How did the Lost Generation treat social life?

5. What was the generational cycle of 1600?

(see the answer keys)

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