CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Content of Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Drama

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Example Question #1 : Analyzing The Content Of Seventeenth And Eighteenth Century Drama

The Johann Wolfgang von Goethe work about a man who makes a deal with the devil is __________.

Possible Answers:

The Sorrows of Young Werther

The Roman Elegies


The Venetian Epigrams

Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

Correct answer:



The Faust story is an old one, told in traditional German folk tales, puppet plays, and songs, but Goethe retold the story of an intellectual who sells his soul to the devil to plough psychological depths. Goethe's story finds a man questing for a more fulfilling life, and being tempted by a demon to achieve this goal. Goethe's two-part play is the most widely performed and seen play in the German language.

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