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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. According to the authors, what have people sought to redefine in the last 150 years?
(a) The concept of the generation.
(b) The way the media reacts to generations.
(c) Family life and how to succeed while protecting it.
(d) Saving money for generations to come.

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

8. Where do seasons occur according to the authors?
(a) At historical museums.
(b) Across and within generations.
(c) Outdoors, four times a year.
(d) Within the education system.

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

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

11. What describes the Baby Boomers' educations according to the authors?
(a) Nonexistent.
(b) Poor.
(c) Excellent.
(d) Sub-par.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mt. Rushmore represent according to the authors?

2. Under what conditions did the Baby Boomers grow up according to the authors?

3. How do generations often define themselves according to the authors?

4. How do the authors present American history?

5. How is Arnold Toynbee's cycle characterized?

(see the answer keys)

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