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 cooked Madeleine and Herzog's wedding dinner?

2. What does Sandor want Herzog to purchase?

3. To whom does Herzog write?

4. Where does the cab take Herzog?

5. Who is Madeleine's lover?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ramona call Herzog at the beginning of Chapter 5?

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

3. What does Geraldine Portnoy's letter say?

4. Who is George Hoberly?

5. Why is Herzog leaving the city?

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

7. Describe the main character of the novel.

8. What does Madeleine's father tell Herzog when he meets him?

9. Why does Herzog call his brother, Will?

10. Why does Herzog go to see Aunt Zelda?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Chapter 7, Herzog says, "I go after reality with language." What does he mean by this statement? How does this statement reflect the themes of the novel? How does the epistolary structure and point of view support his statement? Do you agree or disagree with Herzog's comment? Is he really pursuing reality or something else? Use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Herzog's relationships with women differ. At some points he is a dedicated husband, while at others he has affairs with different women. Is Herzog merely a playboy or is he truly looking for love that he cannot find? Choose a side and cite at least three examples from the text to support the response. Be sure to thoroughly explain how each event/instance supports the thesis.

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