15.Marlow thought there were notes written in code in the book he found. What was this“cipher”? Russian16.Why do the surroundings seem prehistoric to Marlow? Because they are uncivilized witha lack of any technology.17.The steamboat anchors for the night eight miles below Kurtz’s station. What troublingevents happen in the morning? The fog was impairing their visions.18.What does Marlow mean when he says that women must be helped to “stay in that beautiful world of their own” (121)? He thinks the masculine things they do will scarethem.19.How does Marlow describe the death of the African helmsmen? How does hecharacterize their relationship? Helmsmen’s fault, he thought they were working together.20.Kurtz wrote a pamphlet for what organization? The International Society for theSuppression of Savage Customs.21.What surprising sentence did Kurtz add to his pamphlet long after he wrote it? Whatmight have motivated him to write it? “Exterminate all the brutes!” He wanted to impressthe people he was writing it for.22.On what suspenseful note does Conrad end the second installment of the novel? Finallymeeting Kurtz.
Section 3, pp 129-144 (15)
1.The Russian says, “I had gone so far that I don’t know how I’ll ever get back” (129).What does this mean literally and symbolically? He’s in so far over his head that all hecan do now is keep moving forward.2.When Marlow asks what Kurtz had traded for ivory, what does the Russian reply? Crops3.Why did Kurtz threaten to shoot the young Russian? Small amount of ivory.4.What does the Russian tell Marlow about Kurtz’s recent activities? Been deathly sick.5.What does Marlow suddenly realize about the knobs on the posts by the building and thesymbolic meaning they may have? The knobs are actual human heads.6.As Marlow talks with the Russian, a group of men suddenly appears with a stretcher.What happens next? Natives charge them to protect Kurtz but he talks to them and they back down.7.Describe the physical appearance of the woman who walks up along the river anddescribe what she does. She is decorated with beautiful beads she frolics along theshoreline and stops to look at the boat and then retreats back into the forest.8.How does Marlow characterize the African woman who enters the story on page 138?What relationship does she seem to have had with Kurtz? Why do you think Conraddraws this character in considerably more detail than other African characters? Wild andgorgeous, proud, savage and superb, wild-eyed and magnificent. She seemed to be amistress to Kurtz / to be in love with him. As a contrast to “the Intended” later in the book.9.When Kurtz is very ill, Marlow says that the manager “considered it necessary to sigh, but neglected to be consistently sorrowful” (138). What does he mean? He should have been sadder.