Eight close-reading questions -- with plenty of room to compose thoughtful answers -- about Achebe's speech on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Questions may also serve as effective discussion starters.
2. Characterize the tone of Achebe's essay. How did you arrive at this answer? (In other words, what devices does Achebe employ to convey his attitude towards Conrad’s novel?)
5. What does Achebe mean when he writes of Conrad, "Unfortunately, his heart of darkness plagues us still?