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. According to Herzog, what do nice girls marry for?

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

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

4. What is Herzog's book about?

5. What pushes Sandor over the edge?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at Father Herzog's bootlegging deal?

2. How does Herzog feel about the house in Ludeyville?

3. Why does Herzog call his brother, Will?

4. Why does Tennie, Madeleine's mother, think the situation is different with Herzog?

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

6. What does Lucas Asphalter do for Herzog in Chapter 7?

7. With what does Madeleine replace religion?

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

9. What does Madeleine tell the police that might hurt Herzog?

10. Why is Polina upset with Daisy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The major conflict in the novel is the conflict of man versus self. Herzog's main conflict is with his own being. Describe how this conflict is portrayed in the novel. What steps does Herzog take to try and resolve the conflict? Is he successful or not? Cite specific examples highlighting the conflict in the story.

Essay Topic 2

A main goal for the characters in Herzog is to find truth and balance. Do any of the characters succeed at this discovery? Explain how three of the following characters (Herzog, Valentine, Phoebe, Daisy, Madeleine, Ramona) work to pursue the discovery of truth and balance. How does each character go about his/her pursuit? Is the character successful or not? Why? Use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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