King Leopold's Ghost Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What country did Leopold's sister and her husband fail to rule?

2. By what year were most of the coastal areas of Africa claimed as colonies by various European powers?

3. When did Leopold II gain the throne of Belgium?

4. Where did Stanley become a celebrity for being the first European to explore Africa's interior?

5. In what country was Williams commissioned a lieutenant?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did George Washington Williams present himself that was false?

2. What was the purpose of the Berlin Conference?

3. What sources of death are included when the author attempts to tally the death toll associated with colonialism in the Congo?

4. Why does the author discuss Leopold's fascination with Caroline?

5. What was E.D. Morel's conclusion, upon seeing that the trade between Belgium and the Congo was severely unbalanced?

6. Why did Leopold want the soldiers in one area to be of a different cultural unit than the subjects in that area?

7. What happened to Morel when he espoused pacifist principles during World War I?

8. How did the natives of the Congo get the rubber from the vines?

9. Why is Captain Leon Rom the most likely man upon whom Conrad based the character of Kurtz?

10. Why did President Arthur recognize Leopold's claim to the Congo?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How is the title of Part II, "A King at Bay" appropriate, or not, for the second part of the book?

Essay Topic 2

The book ends with a summary of Congo's independence movement and current conditions. How does the history of the Congo influence these events?

Essay Topic 3

What does the tiger symbolize in the song on page 139? What would be the alternative symbolization if the word were lion?

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