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To do well on the Humanities exam, you should know something about each of the forms of literature and fine arts from the various periods and cultures listed in the exam description. It may also be helpful to refer to college textbooks, supplementary reading, and references for introductory courses in literature and fine arts at the college level.

Combined with reading, a lively interest in the arts (going to museums and concerts, attending plays, seeing motion pictures, watching public television programs such as Great Performances and Masterpiece Theatre, and listening to radio stations that play classical music and feature discussions of the arts) constitutes excellent preparation.


  • Adams, Exploring the Humanities (Prentice Hall)
  • Benton and DiYanni, Arts and Culture: Introduction to the Humanities (Prentice Hall)
  • Bishop, Adventures in the Human Spirit (Prentice Hall)
  • Cunningham, Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities (Wadsworth)
  • Fiero, The Humanistic Tradition (McGraw-Hill)
  • Martin, Humanities through the Arts (McGraw-Hill)
  • Sayre, The Humanities: Culture, Continuity, and Change, Vols. I and II (Prentice Hall)
  • Witt et al., The Humanities (Houghton-Mifflin)

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