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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why are the men of Mt. Rushmore together according to the authors?
(a) They were friends.
(b) They are from the same time period.
(c) They are historical figures.
(d) The four archetypes function together.

3. What was the generational cycle of 1740?
(a) Philadelphia's Growing Generation.
(b) The Family Values Generation.
(c) Washington's Country Generation.
(d) Jonathan Edward's Awakening Generation.

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

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

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

7. As the book opens, how do the American people behave according to the authors?
(a) Upset and angry.
(b) Uneasy, aimless and adrift.
(c) Strong and unified.
(d) Tired and heavy.

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

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

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

11. What do all major cultures acknowledge according to the authors?
(a) Educational needs.
(b) Transportation necessities.
(c) Artistic influences.
(d) Religious historical cycles.

12. During the First Turning, why did Americans become conformists?
(a) Their confidence.
(b) Their overly-educated youth.
(c) Their new technology.
(d) Their lack of money.

13. What comprises the Second Turning according to the authors?
(a) A time period of chaos.
(b) An era of education.
(c) A time period of drug use.
(d) An era of spiritual rebirth.

14. During the First Turning, what was the American family like?
(a) Simple and plain.
(b) Beyond question and suburban.
(c) Broken and spiritless.
(d) Tired and cruel.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When a time period produces a revolutionary change, what stage are the 'prophets'?

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

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

4. What do cycles in major cultures share according to the authors?

5. How often does each saeculum in the United States last?

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