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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. How much does Madeleine spend at Marshall Field's that shocks Herzog?

2. In Chapter 3, what is Herzog not sure he still has?

3. How many children does Herzog have?

4. What is Herzog's book about?

5. Where are the results for Herzog's funded study?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Herzog do when he arrives at Madeleine's house?

2. Who are the Pontritters?

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Herzog clean himself up at the end of the novel?

8. Why does Herzog go to Europe?

9. With what does Madeleine replace religion?

10. Why does Herzog not want to marry Ramona?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One of the major themes in Herzog is the idea of reality versus the ideal. How do events in the novel perpetuate this theme? How do the main characters, particularly Herzog, embody the idea of someone searching for reality against the ideal? Highlight at least three instances in which this theme is evident in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Madeleine is one of the main characters of the story. While most of what the reader knows about Madeleine is through Herzog, the reader also sees Madeleine in action during the confrontation at the police station. Herzog believes that Madeleine is paranoid and mentally unstable. Why does he think this? Is Madeleine really unstable or does Herzog conveniently see her that way? What events support or contradict Herzog's views of Madeleine's personality and character? Use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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