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. Who is Herzog's first wife?

2. Who is Geraldine Portnoy?

3. What does Madeleine tell Shapiro she is preparing for?

4. Where does Madeleine work in Chapter 4?

5. To what religion does Madeleine convert?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Herzog leaving the city?

2. Why does Herzog go to visit his stepmother, Taube?

3. Why does Herzog call his brother, Will?

4. What happens when Herzog arrives at the police station?

5. Who is Sono?

6. Why does Herzog go to Europe?

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

8. In Chapter 6, what does Herzog do the next morning with Ramona?

9. What does Herzog do on his outings with Marco?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Research the author, Saul Bellow. How does Bellow's life mirror that of his character Herzog? How are Bellow and Herzog different? Why do you think Bellow pulled from his life experiences to create this character? Is his technique effective or not? Use specific examples both from the text and the author's life in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Madeleine is another character that also undergoes a change in the novel. Compare and contrast Madeleine's character and personality from when she first met Herzog as the "other woman," to when she divorces Herzog, to her encounter with Herzog at the police station in Chicago. Use specific examples in the text.

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