Humanities › Literature Rudyard Kipling - 'The Jungle Book' Questions for Study and Discussions Famous Short Story Collection Share Flipboard Email Print Rudyard Kiping/Wikimedia Commons Literature Classic Literature Study Guides Authors & Texts Top Picks Lists Terms Best Sellers Plays & Drama Poetry Quotations Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Esther Lombardi Literature Expert M.A., English Literature, California State University - Sacramento B.A., English, California State University - Sacramento Esther Lombardi, M.A., is a journalist who has covered books and literature for over twenty years. our editorial process Esther Lombardi Updated March 17, 2017 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?