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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is a 'saeculum' according to the authors?
(a) A history that people ignore.
(b) The despair in communities.
(c) The most recent cycle.
(d) A utopia.

4. What does a gray champion tell about a time period?
(a) The period was one of great peril.
(b) The period was one of wealth.
(c) The period gave hope to many.
(d) The period had many accomplishments.

5. What was the generational cycle of 1690?
(a) John Smith's Exploratory Generation.
(b) Queen Elizabeth's Religious Generation.
(c) The Slavery Generation.
(d) King Carter's Glorious Generation.

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

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

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

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

10. When a time period produces a revolutionary change, what stage are the 'heroes'?
(a) Elder.
(b) Birth.
(c) Young adults.
(d) Midlife.

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

12. What do elders do in the general cycle of life according to the authors?
(a) Raise children .
(b) Lead and transfer values.
(c) Look toward retirement.
(d) Wield power.

13. What purpose does the Nomads' exhaustion from revolutionary change have?
(a) To gain momentum in politics.
(b) To hurt other archetypes.
(c) To slow social change.
(d) To spread wealth in the classes.

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. What comprises the Fourth Turning according to the authors?
(a) The past turning.
(b) A saecular revolution.
(c) Utopia.
(d) Help and compassion.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the authors and other historians view cycles of war?

2. What are examples of social indicators?

3. During the First Turning, why did Americans become conformists?

4. What hit the Lost Generation hard?

5. How did the Lost Generation treat social life?

(see the answer keys)

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