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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. The authors say that what comprises circular cycles?
(a) Each century.
(b) Three stages of life.
(c) Four seasons.
(d) Four weather elements.

4. How often does each saeculum in the United States last?
(a) 80-100 years.
(b) A decade.
(c) 150-200 years.
(d) We don't know yet.

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

6. When does a generation come to be recognized?
(a) When it reaches young adulthood.
(b) When it has power.
(c) When it finishes school.
(d) When it reproduces.

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

8. 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.

9. During the Third Turning, what happens to institutions according to the authors?
(a) They weaken.
(b) They destroy themselves.
(c) The strengthen.
(d) They gain momentum.

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

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

12. What were Jackson, Woodrow Wilson and Colin Powell considered?
(a) Heroes.
(b) Nomads.
(c) Artists.
(d) Elder prophets.

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

14. What is the authors' fear as the book opens?
(a) People will not seriously read the book.
(b) Americans will not vote.
(c) The country is unraveling.
(d) History is being rewritten.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When a time period produces a revolutionary change, what stage are the 'prophets'?

2. What describes the Baby Boomers' educations according to the authors?

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

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

5. What represents the Baby Boomers according to the authors?

(see the answer keys)

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