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Generation X: Definition & Characteristics

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How do social scientists define a generation?

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1. During what approximate time period were members of Generation X born?

2. Which of the following generations has the fewest members?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Knowing the characteristics of a generation can be useful in understanding their reaction to historical events, planning for their future needs and knowing how to reach and engage them with current issues and ideas. This quiz/worksheet combo asks questions about many of the factors that have shaped the values, behaviors and general outlook of Generation X, and will help you understand the core characteristics of a population that includes 40 to 55 million Americans.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of a generation
  • Relevant dates for Generation X
  • Comparative sizes of different generations
  • The limitations of studying generational groups
  • Factors that have influenced Generation X

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on Generation X
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define key terms such as Baby Boomers, generation and Millennials
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Generation X to answer questions about social and cultural factors that have influenced this group

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson called Generation X: Definition & Characteristcs. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the major trends and events that have influenced Generation X
  • Know the characteristics of Generation X
  • Understand Generation X's past reputation as slackers
  • Know the general traits that members of Generation X display in the workplace
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