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 is Monsignor Hilton?

2. Who says, "The good are attracted by men's perceptions and think not for themselves"?

3. What does Herzog tell himself he should write instead of letters?

4. Who says, "If I am out of my mind, it's all right with me..."?

5. Who picks Herzog up at the ferry station?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is strange about Herzog's friend, Lucas Asphalter?

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

3. Why does Herzog no longer entirely trust Aunt Zelda?

4. Why does Herzog call his brother, Will?

5. Why does Herzog go to Europe?

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

7. What reminds Herzog of Madeleine?

8. Decribe Shura Herzog.

9. Who are the Pontritters?

10. What is relevant about the taxi driver that picks up Herzog?

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

The major conflict in the novel is the conflict of man versus self. Herzog's main conflict is with his own being. Describe how this conflict is portrayed in the novel. What steps does Herzog take to try and resolve the conflict? Is he successful or not? Cite specific examples highlighting the conflict in the story.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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