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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What hit the Lost Generation hard?
(a) Aging too quickly.
(b) Two world wars and the Great Depression.
(c) A lack of education.
(d) New expectations.

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

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

4. What purpose does the Nomads' exhaustion from revolutionary change have?
(a) To spread wealth in the classes.
(b) To slow social change.
(c) To hurt other archetypes.
(d) To gain momentum in politics.

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

6. What comprises the Fourth Turning according to the authors?
(a) A saecular revolution.
(b) Help and compassion.
(c) Utopia.
(d) The past turning.

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

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

9. 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.

10. What happens to old values during the First Turning according to the authors?
(a) People embrace them.
(b) People improve them.
(c) People change them.
(d) People abandon them.

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

12. What do the authors believe Americans have lost?
(a) The proper philosophy of time.
(b) The correct use of money.
(c) The healthy part of life.
(d) The proper belief in education.

13. The authors say that present day Americans continue to acknowledge what periodic cycle?
(a) Water and its forms.
(b) Jobs and retirements.
(c) A Christian cycle of death and rebirth.
(d) Schooling.

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

15. What is another name for a 'gray champion'?
(a) A saluki.
(b) An elder prophet.
(c) A deceased leader.
(d) A formerly black champion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the most recent second turning according to the authors?

2. What is the authors' fear as the book opens?

3. What has the Third Turning brought to living standards?

4. When was the Silent Generation born?

5. What happens during a first turning?

(see the answer keys)

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