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. What is Herzog's book about?

2. What does Lucas tell Herzog in Chapter 2?

3. Where does Herzog take Marco?

4. Where does the cab take Herzog?

5. What does Madeleine reveal about her childhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Geraldine Portnoy's letter say?

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

3. Describe Phoebe Gersbach.

4. Describe Taube.

5. For what does Herzog blame Dr. Edvig?

6. Why is Herzog leaving the city?

7. Why does Herzog write a letter in his mind to Sandor Himmelstein?

8. Why does Herzog not want to marry Ramona?

9. Why is Herzog upset at the city courthouse?

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

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

Social roles play a part in character development. The novel takes place during the 1960s. What are the expected, typical social roles of men and women during this time? Choose three of the main characters (Herzog, Daisy, Madeleine, Valentine, Ramona), and explain how each either fits or goes against the typical social roles of the time. How do these roles impact the novel? Use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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