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 Madeleine?

2. Who says, "Genius cannot let the world be"?

3. Why does Herzog call Simkin?

4. Who was Herzog seeing while he was married to Daisy?

5. What does June call Valentine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

In Chapter 7, Herzog says, "I go after reality with language." What does he mean by this statement? How does this statement reflect the themes of the novel? How does the epistolary structure and point of view support his statement? Do you agree or disagree with Herzog's comment? Is he really pursuing reality or something else? Use specific examples from the text.

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