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. What does Herzog believe Madeleine has?

2. What does Madeleine reveal about her childhood?

3. How does Herzog describe himself?

4. Who does Madeleine think is following her?

5. What pushes Sandor over the edge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Herzog call his brother, Will?

4. Why does Herzog call Simkin?

5. Who would be hit the worst by the court case?

6. How does Herzog feel about the house in Ludeyville?

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

8. For what does Herzog blame Dr. Edvig?

9. Why does Herzog suggest a course on marriage?

10. Why is Polina upset with Daisy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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