Rudyard Kipling - 'The Jungle Book' Questions for Study and Discussions

Famous Short Story Collection

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
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The Jungle Book is a collection of short stories by ​​Rudyard Kipling that has animals as main characters who teach life lessons. One of the famous characters in the fable is Mowgli, a human child who grows up with a pack ​of wolves. 

Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

Study and Discussion Questions

  • What is important about the title of the collection?
  • What are the conflicts in The Jungle Book? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this collection?
  • How does Rudyard Kipling reveal character in the stories of The Jungle Book?
  • What are some themes? How do they relate to the plots and characters?
  • What are some symbols in the stories of The Jungle Book? How do they relate to the plots and characters?
  • Are the characters consistent in their actions? Which of the characters are fully developed? How? Why?
  • Do you find the characters likable? Would you want to meet any of the characters? Which one(s)? Why?
  • How does Mowgli's upbringing affect how his character develops as a human being?
  • Do the stories in this collection meet (or exceed) your expectations? How? Why?
  • What is the central/primary purpose of this collection of stories? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
  • How essential is the setting to the stories? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
  • How important is friendship and/or camaraderie to The Jungle Book?
  • Compare/contrast The Jungle Book with other works by Rudyard Kipling? How does ​The Jungle Book fit into Kipling's body of works?
  • Would you recommend The Jungle Book to a friend?