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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. To whom does the money lender say it is well to be kind?

2. In the opening to Chapter 5, who does one of Kim and the lama's escorts say walk to and fro without reason?

3. Where is the young Dogra soldier headed?

4. According to a proverb Kim quotes, when should one not talk to a white man?

5. In what way does Kim say he is not like the lama?

Short Essay Questions

1. When and where does Kim take place?

2. How does the farmer on the outskirts of Umballa first respond to Kim and the lama, and what changes the farmer's response?

3. What does the lama do when he and Kim enter the railway station?

4. What agreement does Kim make with the lama in Chapter 1?

5. For what does the Buddhist lama Kim meets search?

6. What does Kim do when he sees the Red Bull, and what happens?

7. What does Kim come upon while resting along the Grand Trunk Road?

8. What does the lama lecture the soldier about and how does the soldier point out an inconsistency in the lama?

9. What happens when Kim and the lama approach Umballa?

10. Who is Kulu?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kim is an Irish boy whose father has passed away, and Kim been raised as an Indian by the owner of an opium den.

Discuss the differences between what happens to Kim, as an orphan in India in the late 1800’s and what would happen to Kim as an orphan in America in the present time. Use examples from Kim to support your response.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about what they know, and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Rudyard Kipling. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Kipling's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Kipling's probable agenda concerning that idea.

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action-driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

What do you think it means to say that a plot is character-driven or action-driven? Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why? Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character are developed to the same degree? Why or why not? What type of plot do you think Kim is? Explain your response.

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