This is a test to determine if students read Conrad's Heart of Darkness; therefore, the test assesses only reading comprehension. The test does not require analysis of advanced literary study that most students do not understand until extensive classroom discussion. The test includes 50 short-answer questions and nine possible essay questions. Most questions may be answered in 1-3 words. Because the questions are listed in the same order as they appear in the book, it is a good assessment to determine if students actually read the book instead of reading plot summaries, watching movies, getting information from other students, etc. After grading the test, it will be obvious if students read only part of the book, if they skimmed the book, or if they read the book thoroughly. If you want to determine if a student actually read a book, this type of assessment is much more effective than a multiple-choice test where students can guess answers or an essay test where good writers can often bluff their way through the topics. The download includes the test, answer sheet, and answer key. The test may be used without the essay topics or with only one or two of the essays. Teachers can allow students to choose essay topics from the list, or teachers can assign specific essay topics.