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. About what does Herzog write the President?

2. How does Tennie say Madeleine feels about her father?

3. What, according to Herzog, is a "howling emptiness"?

4. How much was the grant Herzog received?

5. Who does Herzog see while he is married to Daisy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Herzog go to see Aunt Zelda?

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

3. Decribe Shura Herzog.

4. Why does Herzog call Simkin?

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

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

7. Why does Herzog go to Europe?

8. Who is Madeleine?

9. Why does Herzog call his brother, Will?

10. Why does Herzog travel to Chicago in Chapter 7?

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

The desire for change is one of the themes in Saul Bellow's novel. Herzog's letters show a desire for change both in society and in himself. Compare Herzog in the beginning, the middle or climax, and the end of the novel. How does Herzog change throughout the story? How does society change around him? Do Herzog and society change at all or do they remain the same? Use specific examples from the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

One of the major themes in Herzog is the idea of reality versus the ideal. How do events in the novel perpetuate this theme? How do the main characters, particularly Herzog, embody the idea of someone searching for reality against the ideal? Highlight at least three instances in which this theme is evident in the novel.

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