Herzog Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Herzog see June?

2. When is Asphalter supposed to pick up June?

3. How does Ramona know Herzog left town?

4. Who does Herzog call to post bond?

5. What does June like about her father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The beginning and ending scenes/chapters of the novel mirror each other. Compare and contrast the opening chapter of Herzog with the last chapter. How is this technique relevant to the story? Why has the author decided to take this approach?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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