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. Where do Herzog and Uncle Herman go?

2. From whom did Herzog protect Libbie?

3. Who says, "Looking for happiness - ought to be prepared for bad results"?

4. Who is Geraldine Portnoy?

5. In Chapter 2, who does Madeleine insist Herzog see?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Herzog clean himself up at the end of the novel?

2. How does Herzog feel about Ramona?

3. Describe the main character of the novel.

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

5. Who are the Pontritters?

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

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

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

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

10. Why is Herzog upset at the city courthouse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Herzog's letters are a main focal point of the novel. What does the reader learn through these letters? How do the letters give insight into Herzog's character? Why does Herzog write the letters? Are the letters beneficial to him? Why doesn't he ever send any of the letters? Use specific examples to support the essay.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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