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. What does Valentine do for a living?

2. Who does Herzog name executor and guardian?

3. What does Ramona mean by "riches of life"?

4. What happens when Herzog and June leave the aquarium?

5. What type of car was Herzog driving?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Herzog's relationships with women differ. At some points he is a dedicated husband, while at others he has affairs with different women. Is Herzog merely a playboy or is he truly looking for love that he cannot find? Choose a side and cite at least three examples from the text to support the response. Be sure to thoroughly explain how each event/instance supports the thesis.

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