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On 28 August 1749 Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born into a patrician family in one of the great Free Cities of the Holy Roman Empire. Which was it?
Frankfurt am Main
Goethe embarked on his university studies in 1765 in Leipzig. What was his main subject?
Mathematics and Physics
Latin, Greek and Rhetoric
After an interruption to his studies due to a lengthy illness, Goethe resumed studey in 1770, this time at Strasbourg. There he got to know, among other people, Herder, who had a profound influence on him. Goethe soon became the leading member of a new literary movement in the German-speaking lands. Which of these was it?
Storm and Stress
In 1774-1775 Goethe rocketed to fame in Germany and within a year or two throughout Europe with the publication (and translation into several other languages) of which of these works of literature?
The Sorrows of Young Werther
The Eclectic Affinities
Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
In 1786 Goethe was appointed to the government of one of the German states. Which was it?
Goethe's mature literary output (c. 1785-1832) is generally classified by professional literary historians as Romantic.
Which of these best describes Goethe's political outlook?
Which of these dramas is NOT by Goethe?
Iphigenie auf Tauris
Which of the poems did Goethe NOT write?
Willkommen und Abschied ('Welcome and Parting')
Wandrers Nachtlied I & II ('Wanderer's Night-Song')
An die Freude (Ode to Joy)
The theme of Faust, the restless soul who makes a pact with the Devil, was one of Goethe's key interests for much of his adult life.
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