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Heart of Darkness pre-reading research

Heart of Darkness pre-reading research

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Your topic: Imperialism and Colonialism (especially of Africa around 1850-1920)

Research your topic and be prepared to present your findings to the class. This is a big topic, so make sure you’re giving us the important information and help it make sense to us.

Questions to consider:

  • What is imperialism? What is colonialism?
  • Who were targets of such actions?
  • Who started and/or participated in these movements? Which countries or people?
  • What were their goals? How did they succeed?

*You don’t need to answer all or any of these questions—it’s just to get youstarted.

Your group leader is responsible for making sure that the group stays on task and gets the job done. This does not mean that the group leader does no work. The manager is responsible for organizing all information (notes, print outs, etc) and handing them into Ms. Schultz when you present.You should all be speaking in the presentation you will give on Wednesday. Any visual aids you create will enhance your presentation, but are not required.

Your topic: The Belgian Congo and King Leopold (specifically between 1850-1920)

Research your topic and be prepared to present your findings to the class. This is a big topic, so make sure you’re giving us the important information and help it make sense to us.

Questions to consider:

  • Where is the Belgian Congo? (Please have a map.) What is it today?
  • Any interesting/important geographical features?
  • Who lives there? Who has controlled this region? Who controls it now?
  • What are the people like?
  • Who is King Leopold? What does he have to do with the Belgian Congo?
  • You may get a bit into imperialism and colonialism, but don’t step on the other group’s toes.

*You don’t need to answer all or any of these questions—it’s just to get youstarted. Your group leader is responsible for making sure that the group stays on task and gets the job done. This does not mean that the group leader does no work. The manager is responsible for organizing all information (notes, print outs, etc) and handing them into Ms. Schultz when you present. You should all be speaking in the presentation you will give on Wednesday. Any visual aids you create will enhance your presentation, but are not required (except for the map).

Your topic: Joseph Conrad

Research your topic and be prepared to present your findings to the class. This is a big topic, so make sure you’re giving us the important information and help it make sense to us.

Questions to consider:

  • Who is this guy? Where was he born? To whom?
  • How did he become a writer?
  • What else did he write?
  • Basically, give us a biography of Joseph Conrad, focusing mainly on his

writing career.

*You don’t need to answer all or any of these questions—it’s just to get youstarted.

Your group leader is responsible for making sure that the group stays on task and gets the job done. This does not mean that the group leader does no work. The manager is responsible for organizing all information (notes, print outs, etc) and handing them into Ms. Schultz when you present.You should all be speaking in the presentation you will give on Wednesday. Any visual aids you create will enhance your presentation, but are not required.

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Four different topics relating to "Heart of Darkness" for groups or individuals to research.

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