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 do Marco and Herzog discuss?

3. To what does Herzog compare his life?

4. Who says, "...if existence is nausea then faith is an uncertain relief"?

5. Whose condition does Herzog think is worse than his?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the main character of the novel.

3. Why does Herzog call his brother, Will?

4. Why is Herzog upset at the city courthouse?

5. Who is Madeleine?

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

7. What does Herzog say to Ramona during their encounter at the Tuttles?

8. What does Will want Herzog to do?

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

10. Describe the house in Ludeyville on Herzog's return trip.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Herzog is not faithful to either of his wives, having affairs behind both of their backs. Yet when Madeleine has an affair with Valentine, Herzog is outraged. Explore why Herzog believes his affairs with other women are okay and should be tolerated, while Madeleine's affair is cause for divorce. What is Herzog's reasoning behind each of his affairs (with Sono, Madeleine while he was with Daisy, and Wanda, among others)? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

A major theme in the novel is sanity or the lack thereof. How are sanity and insanity/mental instability portrayed in the novel? What does each represent? What characters fit into each category? How do the characters on the insanity side try to move towards sanity? Use specific examples from the text.

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