Heart of Darkness: Themes & Analysis

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Which of the following is NOT a MAJOR theme found in Heart of Darkness?

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1. What is the name given to the often aggressive spread of a nation's physical and ideological presence beyond its own borders?

2. In 'Heart of Darkness,' darkness is represented by ALL of the following EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its associated worksheet will help you gauge what you know about Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, including the novel's use of symbolism and major thematic elements. One of the themes and symbols you will be quizzed on includes how darkness is represented in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The practice questions will test you on the following:

  • Major themes found in the novel
  • Name given to the aggressive spread of a nation's physical and ideological presence beyond its own borders
  • Element(s) representing darkness in the novel
  • Group of people that demonstrate to Marlow that being 'civilized' means exercising some form of restraint
  • Identifying a thematic element(s) represented by a sample scenario

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Conrad's Heart of Darkness
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the themes in this novel in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about symbolic elements in Heart of Darkness

Additional Learning

To learn more about this major work of literature, review the corresponding lesson on Heart of Darkness Themes and Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review a brief plot summary
  • Discuss the main characters
  • Explore major themes found in the novel
  • Analyze the story
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