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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Under what conditions did the Baby Boomers grow up according to the authors?
(a) They understood difficult financial times.
(b) They sufferred as child laborers.
(c) They were spoiled and lacked discipline.
(d) They wre treated harshly.

2. How is Arnold Toynbee's cycle characterized?
(a) War and peace.
(b) Wealth and poverty.
(c) Happiness and despair.
(d) Marriage and divorce.

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

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

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

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

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

8. What did the Silent Generation wear?
(a) Expensive clothing.
(b) Gray flannel suit.
(c) Jeans.
(d) Loud colors and makeup.

9. In determining a generation, what should one look for according to the authors?
(a) Common beliefs and behaviors.
(b) Birth rates.
(c) Athletic patterns.
(d) New transportation and styles.

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

11. Through what do the cycles require rebirth?
(a) Recreation.
(b) Work.
(c) Money.
(d) Connections.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From their order of experiences, what do the authors say generations form?

2. What are examples of social indicators?

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

4. According to the authors, Americans identify generations by determining what?

5. What should Americans expect concerning living standards in the future according to the authors?

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