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?