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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the authors mean when they state all cycles are circular?
(a) They are perfectly a century.
(b) They have perfect and unbreakable repetition.
(c) They contain even numbers of years.
(d) They eventually reach all stages.

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

3. In America's saeculum in the First Turning, what is the range of the period?
(a) The end of World War II and the Kennedy Assassination.
(b) The Great Depression and the Vietnam conflict ending.
(c) The end of the Civil War and the start of World War II.
(d) World War I and World War II.

4. 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.

5. What will happen with a revolutionary change?
(a) Conflicts resolve themselves.
(b) New educations will form.
(c) A new gray champion.
(d) Old money will disappear.

6. What was the generational cycle of 1790?
(a) The Pre-Civil War Generation.
(b) Thomas Jefferson's Republican Generation.
(c) John Wesley's Methodist Generation.
(d) George Whitefield's Writing Generation.

7. How often do new generations develop?
(a) Every 17 to 24 years.
(b) About 10 years.
(c) Once every 50 years.
(d) Every 24-46 years.

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

9. What do cycles in major cultures share according to the authors?
(a) An idea of a male God.
(b) A change in transportation.
(c) A changing of clothing styles.
(d) They follow several rules.

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

11. What happened to the Etruscans?
(a) The Victorians controlled them.
(b) The Roman Empire replaced them.
(c) They refused to pay their bills.
(d) They never realized history was cyclical.

12. What was the generational cycle of 1600?
(a) Shakespeare's Elizabethan Generation.
(b) Roman Countrymen Generation.
(c) Wheatley's Philosophical Generation.
(d) Religious and Arts Appreciation Generation.

13. How do the authors present American history?
(a) They present it from present day backward.
(b) They turn history into prophesy.
(c) They divide chapters by generations.
(d) They show different US presidents' points of view.

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

15. What happens in 'chaotic time' according to the authors?
(a) History has no path.
(b) History quickly finishes.
(c) History brings happiness.
(d) History repeats itself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do all major cultures acknowledge according to the authors?

2. What were Jefferson and Reagan considered?

3. What does a gray champion tell about a time period?

4. What was the generational cycle of 1640?

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

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