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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does each generation experience each period of the cycle?
(a) With great discord.
(b) Every second year since its development.
(c) In harmony and cooperation.
(d) Different but tightly correlated stages of development.

2. The authors say that what comprises circular cycles?
(a) Each century.
(b) Four weather elements.
(c) Four seasons.
(d) Three stages of life.

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

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

5. What did Medieval Christianity replace?
(a) The Roman Empire.
(b) The Etruscans.
(c) The Vikings.
(d) The Victorians.

6. What influences Americans' view of the First Turning according to the authors?
(a) Modern-set movies.
(b) Sustained marriages.
(c) Old classic television.
(d) Elaborate houses.

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

8. In determining a generation, what should one look for according to the authors?
(a) New transportation and styles.
(b) Athletic patterns.
(c) Common beliefs and behaviors.
(d) Birth rates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. How do many historians record cycles?
(a) Birth records.
(b) War.
(c) Revitalizations
(d) Depressions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the First Turning's time period like?

2. How do generations behave with the concept of 'acting according to your season' according to the authors?

3. When does a generation come to be recognized?

4. What happens to the New Prophets during the First Turning?

5. What were Jon Edwards and William Lloyd Garrison considered?

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