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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do Americans view the First Turning according to the authors?
(a) As depressing.
(b) As a 'low.'
(c) As a 'high.'
(d) As promising.

2. Who controlled much of the world during the First Turning?
(a) The Lost Generation.
(b) The Silent Generation.
(c) Generation X.
(d) The GI Generation.

3. What do generations do when they pass through a crisis according to the authors?
(a) Produce a kind of institutional memory that is reflected through the next cycle of generations.
(b) Save money for happier times.
(c) Close down as a protective mechanism.
(d) Write so history is recorded.

4. What do the Firth Turnings in American history represent?
(a) The construction and ossification of a new social order.
(b) The building of a new government.
(c) Gender roles changing.
(d) The destruction of a society.

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

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

7. What is reflected in future generations according to the authors?
(a) The repetition of a four part cycle.
(b) Death.
(c) The love for children.
(d) Religious beliefs.

8. 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 create rebellion against expectations.
(c) Generations act nothing alike-everyone is an individual.
(d) Generations have behaviors appropriate to their place in history.

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

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

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

12. What are examples of social indicators?
(a) Death rate.
(b) Clothing styles.
(c) Transportation means.
(d) Wage growth and political activism.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do seasons occur according to the authors?

2. How frequently do these cycles of history repeat themselves?

3. What comprises the Second Turning according to the authors?

4. What do young adults act like in the general cycle of life according to the authors?

5. What were Jackson, Woodrow Wilson and Colin Powell considered?

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