Understanding The Novel Heart Of Darkness English Language Essay

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You are required to show your understanding of the novel Heart of Darkness on an oral, visual and auditory level. The oral, visual and auditory components of the test will be given Monday (May19), Tuesday (May 20), Wednesday (May 21), and Thursday (May 22). The rationale for the testing on these dates is to provide you with the chance to demonstrate your knowledge of the novel. Additionally, the knowledge addressed on these three days will help you prepare for the last component of the test which is a traditional multiple choice test to be given on Friday (May 23). For each component you are required to complete certain tasks.

The breakdown of the scoring is as follows:

Bringing your supplies each day 5 points a day (15 total)

Quality of answer 35 points

Multiple choice test 60 points

Total 110 points

Procedures for Testing

Each day you will receive 5 points for having responding to the questions asked. If you are absent, then you are ineligible to receive the points. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday all students' names will be pooled together. A question requiring you to respond either verbally, visually or musically will be asked. Each student will be given 5 minutes to write a response to the question. After 5 minutes a name will be pulled from the pool of names. If your name is drawn you will be given 5 minutes to answer the question using the items you brought to class. Once your name is drawn, it will then be placed in another pool for a chance for you to earn 5 extra credit points the days you are exempt for answering a 35-point question. YOUR ATTENDANCE IS CRUCIAL!!! NOTE: All types of questions will be pooled together. On any given day you could receive a verbal, visual or musical question. BE PREPARED!!!

Description of Each Component

ORAL

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If the question is oral, all students are required to write a response within 5 minutes. After the allotted time, a name will be drawn from the pool of names. Five minutes will be allotted for the oral response. Your response will be graded on use of a passage from the novel, accuracy of facts, depth of insight into the novel and clarity of thought. At the end of the period, responses from all students will be collected for the daily points.

VISUAL

If the question is visual, the selected student will be asked to explain the visual s/he brought to class. Five minutes will be allotted for students to prepare an answer to the prompt. The visual that you select should relate to the novel on a thematic, psychological, philosophical, political, or symbolic level. The type of visual depends on you; it may be a self-generated picture, tangible item, a magazine clipping, etc. Think outside the box. If you are selected to respond to a visual question, your response will be graded on use of a passage from the novel, accuracy of facts, depth of insight into the novel and clarity of thought. At the end of the period, responses from all students will be collected for the daily points.

MUSICAL

If the question is auditory, the selected student will be asked to explain the musical selection s/he brought to class. Five minutes will be allotted for students to prepare an answer to the prompt. The selection that you select should relate to the novel on a thematic, psychological, philosophical, political, or symbolic level. The type of music you select depends on you; it may be self-generated, instrumental, or any genre. You must have a copy of the music sample to share with the class. If you are selected to respond musically to the question, your response will be graded on use of a passage from the novel, accuracy of facts, depth of insight into the novel and clarity of thought. At the end of the period, responses from all students will be collected for the daily points.

MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST

The multiple choice test will consist of 30 questions ranging from vocabulary to analytical questions. You may not use your book or notes. Each question is worth 2 points. Bring a #2 pencil. Your study guide, stylistic guide and marginalia are due on Thursday, June 1, 2006.

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Questions

Oral

What philosophical idea would you relate to the novel. Expand on your reason.

When Marlow visits Kurtz' Intended, Marlow often repeats the Intended's words. Why?

What is your interpretation of Kurtz' last words?

Explain the ambiguity of the title Heart of Darkness.

Given your knowledge of the novel, what new title would you give it and why?

How does Conrad's quote "Those who read me know my conviction that the world, the temporal world, rests on few simple ideas; so simple that they must be old as the hills. It rests, notable, among others, on the idea of Fidelity" relate to Heart of Darkness?

Critic Albert Guerard stated that Conrad declared his fidelity and commitment to law as above the individual, but he also believed that the betrayal of the individual was the most deeply felt of all crimes. Explain how this idea relates to Heart of Darkness.

Explain the significance of Kurtz' painting that Marlow sees at the Central Station.

Explain how you would apply Freud's ideas to Heart of Darkness.

Explain the role of the Congo River in Heart of Darkness.

Explain the symbolism of the rivets.

What would you say Marlow learned about himself on his journey into the heart of darkness?

Explain how Conrad uses descriptive words/phrases to create the tone of Heart of Darkness.

What's the significance of the white worsted cloth tied around a dying native's neck?

Explain how Heart of Darkness is a frame story and the effect this techniques has on the interpretation of the novel.

Why is Brussels referred to as a "whited sepulcher" and how does this description shape your perceptions of Marlow?

How does Marlow feel about the natives as he travels upriver?

What is ironic about the cannibals?

How would you describe the Company?

Explain how Maslow's theory of self-actualization relates to the novel.

Explain how Jung's process of individuation relates to the novel.

What do you think Kurtz meant when he wrote "Exterminate all the Brutes"?

Explain how Conrad's diction and sentence structure add to the novel.

Explain how the idea of linguistic self-consciousness shapes your understanding of Marlow and the novel as a whole.

How does the idea of dance support the idea of Fidelity as described by critic Albert Guerard?

Explain why or why not Heart of Darkness can or cannot be a novel supporting Imperialism.

Explain how the following statement relates to Heart of Darkness:

Our true selves are locked within our consciousness like a prisoner waiting to get out.

Explain the effectiveness of foreshadowing in the novel.

Why does Marlow refer to himself as an imposter in Part 1?

Describe the role of women in the novel and explain whether or not this is reflective of the era in which the novel was written.

Elaborate on man's capacity for duplicity and how it relates to the novel.

Explain how the ideas of the restraint of civilization and the savagery of barbarism shape your interpretation of the novel.

What did you learn about the human condition as a result of reading Heart of Darkness.

If you were Marlow, what advice would you give a traveler if she/he planned to travel to the heart of the Congo?

Besides the ideas of Fidelity mentioned in these questions, which one do you believe best exemplifies the text and why?

Visual (5 total)

Items you select for this component may vary vastly. You may find or create:

pictures that trigger events from the novel

an item that symbolizes an event or motif from the novel

a short clip from a show or movie that reminds you of something from the novel (keep it 2-3 minutes in length).

an original piece of artwork that you created.

The key to this component is how thoroughly you explain its significance to the novel. Think on a thematic, political, sociological, psychological, and/or philosophical level.

Musical (5 total)

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Musical selections may vary vastly. You may find or create songs that:

are instrumental.

have lyrics that represent an aspect of the novel.

make a bridge between ideas found in the novel with events that are occurring today.

reflect the tone of the novel.

The key to this component is how thoroughly you relate your selection to the novel. Think on a thematic, political, sociological, psychological, and/or philosophical level.

NOTE: If you are completely clueless as to what to select, review the questions under the oral section to trigger some thoughts.