A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare by grapieroo9


                                      Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

This AP summer assignment asks that you begin to think as a college student. I ask that when you read and study,
you use a table and create a space where you go to learn. Heart of Darkness is the second most widely used AP
selection (Hamlet is the first, and we will deal with him together when school starts). This sheet will ask you to
practice a kind of “Socratic method.” Answer all of the questions: use separate sheets of notebook paper for each
numbered response. Your responses should be handwritten NOT typed. This will be due on July 15th
(mail or bring it to the school office: the secretaries will put it in my mailbox).

                                                     July 15th
Instructions: Answer all of the following questions; use notebook papers, allow for one page per answer. When
              you have finished, please staple everything together (using this sheet as your cover) and bring/send it
              to the high school office.

    1. Heart of Darkness has a primary and a secondary setting. The primary setting is a collection of “old
       friends” sitting and listening to a story told by someone they know. Charles Marlow is relating a voyage
       that he made sometime in his past. Marlow’s tale is the secondary story.
        In a paragraph, identify and discuss Joseph Conrad’s use of time and place in his secondary story.
    2. In character analysis, three questions should be dealt with:
       Who is …?        (This answer should give concrete details.)
       What is …?       (This answer should give symbolic or allegorical references: what does this character
                        represent beyond her/himself?)
       Why is …?        (This answer should discusx why the author would create such a character?)
       Apply all of the above to: Charles Marlow, Mister Kurtz, and the harlequin.
    3. Conflict can be easily understood if you see FOUR basic or classical conflicts; each deals with a character
       in conflict (at war) with something. The four classical conflicts are fate, nature, society, and self. Apply
       each of these to the first two characters discussed in #2.
    4. A story’s plot is the sequence of events that creates the action. Each story has beginning, a middle, and an
       ending. In a “flow map,” create a five point plot outline.
    5. Close reading is a practice that you will have to master as your pursue your college educations. When one
       close reads, one can determine how a passage reflects the essence of the whole.
        Choose three passages (one from each section). Copy each, and then analyze each in terms of word
        (diction) and imagery (figurative language). Then write a short paragraph to explain/discuss how the
        passage/quote reflects the overall tone, feeling, or theme of Heart of Darkness.
    6. The final question that a good reader asks is “why did the author take the time to write this story?” The
       why question should lead you to the identification of the story’s “theme.” After doing all of the above and
       using what you have learned, discuss why Joseph Conrad might have written Heart of Darkness. (If
       possible in your discussion, support with quotations from the text of Heart of Darkness.)

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