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1. The novel has two basic settings. Where does the frame narrative take place? Where does the main story take place? What affect does the frame narrative have on the main plot?
2. Why does Marlow go to Africa? What does he learn while he is there?
3. How do rivets interrupt Marlow's journey? Why is this significant to the plot?
4. How does Marlow imagine Kurtz to be as a man? How is Kurtz different than Marlow imagined?
5. List five incidents from the book of the white man's cruelty to his fellow Africans. Which do you consider to the cruelest and why?
6. What does Marlow tell Kurtz's fiancee (the Intended) at the end of the novel? Why is this significant?
7. What is the mood of the entire novel? How is it developed in the book?
8. Briefly describes what Marlow finds out at each station (Outer, Central, and Inner).
9. Compare and contrast Kurtz and Marlow.
10. Does the story end in tragedy or comedy? Why?
11. Explain the image of the snake that is woven throughout the novel.