Herzog Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose condition does Herzog think is worse than his?

2. Who is Madeleine's lover?

3. In Chapter 2, who does Madeleine insist Herzog see?

4. Who says, "Looking for happiness - ought to be prepared for bad results"?

5. Where does Herzog live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Herzog think a holiday should start with a train ride?

2. What does Will want Herzog to do?

3. Why does Herzog travel at the beginning of Chapter 9?

4. Who would be hit the worst by the court case?

5. What does Herzog write to Marco?

6. What is relevant about the taxi driver that picks up Herzog?

7. What reminds Herzog of Madeleine?

8. Who is Madeleine?

9. Describe Phoebe Gersbach.

10. Who is George Hoberly?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The desire for change is one of the themes in Saul Bellow's novel. Herzog's letters show a desire for change both in society and in himself. Compare Herzog in the beginning, the middle or climax, and the end of the novel. How does Herzog change throughout the story? How does society change around him? Do Herzog and society change at all or do they remain the same? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

The story uses three different points of view: Herzog as a first person narrator, the epistolary view (Herzog's letters), and the third person, in which the reader is allowed to know what Herzog is thinking. How do these three points of view help or hurt the story? How do the various viewpoints provide information to the reader? Explore how each point of view impacts the novel. Use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Herzog is father to two children - Marco and June. Describe his paternal relationship with each of his children. How is Herzog's father role similar or different to the role his father played in Herzog's life? Use specific examples from the text.

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