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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does June dislike Valentine?
2. Where does Herzog go in the cab?
3. Who says, "I fall upon the thorns of life, I bleed"?
4. What did Herzog's father threaten to do to him?
5. Who is George Hoberly?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A theme in the novel is the idea of redemption. How does the story highlight this idea? How does the story move towards redemption? What do the main characters do to complete the task of attaining redemption? Use specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 2
A main goal for the characters in Herzog is to find truth and balance. Do any of the characters succeed at this discovery? Explain how three of the following characters (Herzog, Valentine, Phoebe, Daisy, Madeleine, Ramona) work to pursue the discovery of truth and balance. How does each character go about his/her pursuit? Is the character successful or not? Why? Use specific examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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