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. To what does Herzog compare his life?

2. What is Herzog's book about?

3. Who is Monsignor Hilton?

4. How does Herzog feel when the Gersbachs visit?

5. Why does Herzog need to apologize to Shapiro?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Herzog go to see Aunt Zelda?

2. Why does Herzog call Simkin?

3. Why is Herzog upset at the city courthouse?

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

5. Why does Herzog go to Europe?

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

7. What does Herzog write to Marco?

8. Decribe Shura Herzog.

9. Who is Nachman?

10. What does Herzog say about this batch of letters he is writing at the Ludeyville house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Herzog is married twice - once to Daisy and once to Madeleine. Compare and contrast these two women and their differing relationships with Herzog. How does each deal with Herzog's personality? What is the demise of each relationship? Describe the relationships after the divorce. Use specific examples from the text.

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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