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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. From their order of experiences, what do the authors say generations form?
(a) Rebellion that changes society.
(b) Musical era in their hearts.
(c) Families that grow together.
(d) Constellations of a sort.

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

4. What happens to the New Prophets during the First Turning?
(a) New Prophets head to the job market.
(b) New Prophets gain money.
(c) New Prophets head to college.
(d) New Prophets are born.

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

6. When did the American saecular cycle begin?
(a) During the Civil War.
(b) In the beginning of Ango-American modernity.
(c) When King George III taxed America.
(d) At the start of World War I.

7. What has the Third Turning brought to living standards?
(a) Improvements.
(b) Conflict.
(c) Danger.
(d) Tragedy.

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

9. What happens to civic order during the Second Turning according to the authors?
(a) People question it but remain silent.
(b) It is strengthened.
(c) It comes under attack from a new system of values.
(d) People renew their beliefs in it.

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

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

12. What was the clash of powerful personalities during the beginning of Anglo-American modernity?
(a) Wars of the Roses and the Protestant Reformation.
(b) The North and the South.
(c) The Allies and the Axis powers.
(d) Europe and America.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When is the cycle of archetypes formed according to the authors?

2. What happens during a first turning?

3. Why are the men of Mt. Rushmore together according to the authors?

4. What describes the Baby Boomers' educations according to the authors?

5. How do the authors present American history?

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