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What is the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution for "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" begins with introduction of the readers to the main character and some of the supporting characters of the story. Rikki-tikki is a mongoose, a ball of energy contained in a body...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2012 9:14 pm UTC

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What is the summary of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

As "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" opens, Rikki-tikki, a young mongoose, is washed away from his parents in a flood, and is found by a young boy who believes him to be dead. The boy (whose name is Teddy) takes...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 8:05 pm UTC

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What is the main conflict in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?  

The main conflict is between the mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and his antagonists, the snakes. In particular, the mongoose is engaged in conflict with the largest, most dangerous snake of all, a giant...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2018 5:57 am UTC

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How does rikki tikki tavi come to live with his family in "Rikki-tikki-tavi"?

Rikki-tikki gets washed away from his mongoose family in a flood and that is how he ends up with the people. This story takes place in British-colonized India, in a house on the edge of a “half...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2015 12:20 am UTC

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Why do Nag and Nagaina try to kill Teddy and his parents in "Rikki-tikki-tavi"?

The cobras, Nag and Nagaina, plot together to kill the people living in the bungalow. At first Nag wonders whether it will be necessary to kill the people. It is obvious to him that Rikki is a...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016 9:19 pm UTC

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What is the conflict and the theme of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

In his story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," Rudyard Kipling presents a battle-to-the death conflict between the mongoose Rikki-tikki-tavi and two cobras, Nag and Nagaina. The snakes are out to kill Rikki's...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2020 2:54 pm UTC

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What characteristics do Rikki-tikki-tavi, Nag and Nagaina display in "Rikki-tikki-tavi"?  

All three of these characters are determined to protect their territory and the ones they love. Although they are enemies, Nag, Nagaina, and Rikki do have a lot in common. They are all persistent,...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 11:31 pm UTC

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How does Rikki-tikki’s decision to destroy Nagaina’s eggs contribute to the story?  

Rikki-tikki realizes that if Nag and Nagaina's eggs are allowed to hatch, then cobras will continue their reign of terror in this part of the world. As Rikki-tikki is determined to protect his...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2020 10:35 am UTC

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What are three character traits of Darzee in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

Darzee is a 'feather-brained fellow' because he does not see the long-term effects of having the cobras (and cobra eggs) in the garden like Rikki-tikki-tavi and Darzee's wife do. In this way, he...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2012 10:08 pm UTC

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How did Rikki-Tikki kill Nagaina in "Rikki-tikki-tavi" by Rudyard Kipling?

Rikki-tikki killed Nagaina by following her into her hole and fighting her to the death. Nagaina was the female cobra in the garden at the Indian bungalow. Rikki-tikki killed her mate, Nag,...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013 6:26 pm UTC

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How effectively does the description of Nag in paragraph 23 evoke the image that he is a snake to be feared?

Nag's appearance is described for the first time when Rikki-tikki is in the garden of the bungalow speaking to Darzee, the tailorbird. While Darzee is telling Rikki-tikki about how Nag ate one of...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 11:16 am UTC

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What is the setting of the short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling?

In the largest sense, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is set in India, in Segowlee. The story, published in 1895, reflects a time in which the British Empire ruled India. The bungalow home of the big man, his...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019 7:49 pm UTC

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What 5 character traits describe Nag in the story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling?

Nag is the male cobra in this story. When readers first meet him, they find out that he has brought great grief to the tailorbird family by eating a baby bird that fell out of their nest. This...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 1:17 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the personalities of Rikki and the two cobras.

Rikki-tikki-tavi is similar to Nag and Nagaina in many ways. All three animals occupy the same territory around the bungalow and are dedicated to their families. Nag and Nagiana are concerned about...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2017 3:54 pm UTC

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How does Rikki-Tikki come to live in the bungalow?

At the beginning of the story, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is described, and the narrator mentions that during a high summer flood, Rikki-Tikki is washed out of his burrow. Rikki-Tikki is carried away from...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2017 2:53 pm UTC

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How does Darzee's wife affect the plot of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

Darzee's wife, a tailorbird, is integral to the plot of "Rikki-Tikki Tavi." Her actions are important in the inciting incident, rising action, and climax. First, the conflict of the story starts...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016 2:57 am UTC

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What is a quotation from Rikki-tikki-tavi said by Rikki that shows he is brave?

Rikki shows he is brave when he goads Nagaina into fighting him after he kills Nag. Rikki-tikki-tavi is brave because mongooses are too curious to be scared. Speaking about Rikki, the narrator...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 2:29 am UTC

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In what two ways does Darzee's wife helps Rikki defeat Nagaina?

Rikki wants to find and destroy Nagaina's eggs because they are due to hatch within a day, and that would help fulfill Nagaina's plan to be queen of the garden. Darzee tells Rikki where to find the...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016 3:55 am UTC

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What is the central conflict in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" and where does it happen?

The central conflict is between Rikki and the snakes and takes place in and around the yard. A conflict is a struggle between opposing forces. This story is actually deceptively complex. While on...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 5:46 pm UTC

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What happens when Riki tiki goes down the rat hole with Nagaina in "Rikki-tikki-tavi?"

Rikki fights Nagaina and emerges victorious after killing her. Cobras do not likely have many natural predators. The mongoose appears to be one. The conflict between Rikki-tikki and Nag and...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2015 2:37 am UTC

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How does Kipling use foreshadowing to build suspense throughout the story in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?"

Foreshadowing is a literary technique that authors use that hints at what is going to come later. Foreshadowing builds suspense because readers have a sense that something is going to happen, but...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016 5:45 pm UTC

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What is Teddy's parents' motivation in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

Teddy's parents are initially motivated by sympathy to revive and comfort Rikki-tikki after they discover him completely exhausted and unconscious on their garden path. Teddy's mother brings...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019 7:23 pm UTC

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In "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," Rikki Tikki destroys Nag and Nagaina's eggs, even though he was appalled that Nag ate one of...

The answer to this really depends on your own personal opinion. You can argue Rikki Tikki is hypocritical in the story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," but you can also argue he only attacks the snakes and...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 6:33 pm UTC

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Describe three conflicts that Rikki-Tikki faces. Which conflict do you think is his greatest challenge? Why? How is...

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongoose, faces many challenges as he carries out "the great war" in this story. He has interpersonal conflicts with other animals when he tries to get their assistance in...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 1:48 am UTC

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Why did Karait get killed by Rikki-tikki? 

Shortly after Rikki-tikki survives Nagaina's attack, Teddy comes running down the path to pet him and Rikki-tikki hears Kariat, the brown snakeling say, "Be careful. I am Death!" (Kipling, 3)....

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 6:27 pm UTC

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After Rikki-tikki-tavi kills Karait, how does he feel?

Prior to killing Karait, the young mongoose named Rikki-tikki-tavi has encountered the big black cobra Nag and his "wife," Nagaina. He is feeling quite proud of himself at this time and is...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 8:46 pm UTC

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In "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," what does Nagaina do alone to try and complete her and Nag's original plan? 

In “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” Nag and Nagaina are a married pair of cobras living in the garden of an English family in India. They want to get rid of the English family because they believe that, if they...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2016 3:52 am UTC

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What is Rikki-tikki's great war in "Rikki-tikki-tavi"?

Rikki’s great war was the war against the cobras. Rikki-tikki’s war was against the pair of cobras, Nag and Nagaina. As a mongoose, it was his job to get rid of the snakes in the yard, as every...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 4:00 am UTC

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What role does Darzee play in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?"

Darzee the tailorbird plays two important roles in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi." First, he acts as a foil to Rikki, and second, he performs a role similar to the chorus in Greek drama, interpreting the story...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2016 6:25 pm UTC

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How did Rikki get his name in "Rikki-tikki-tavi? What literary term is this?  

Rikki got his name from the sound he makes, an example of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is a sound device where a word is used that makes a sound. The words are usually spelled to represent the...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 8:06 pm UTC

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Where does the climax occur in the story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?" 

When trying to determine where the climax in a story occurs, consider two possibilities. First, look for the high point of the action, the part of the story where emotions are at their strongest...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016 2:10 am UTC

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What are the main characteristics of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi's nature?

Above all, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is curious and energetic, as most mongooses are. He spends much of his time hunting snakes--another trait of most mongooses--but he also enjoys a nap at times....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2010 12:23 pm UTC

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What literary device does Kipling use in the short story "Rikki-tikki-tavi"?

Literary devices include both elements and techniques. Literary elements are things that must have a place in all stories: form, structure, characters, setting, point of view, etc....

Latest answer posted July 7, 2011 2:43 am UTC

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What was the relationship between Rikki and the two cobras in the story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?"

Rikki and the cobras are mortal enemies. Although Nag and Nagaina are the first live cobras Rikki has ever met, his mother taught him that his purpose in life as an adult mongoose would be "to...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 2:26 am UTC

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What is an example of suspense in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

One of the best examples of suspense in "Rikki-tikki-tavi" is, of course, the climax where Rikki follows Nagaina into her snake hole. This is very suspenseful for many reasons, not just because...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2012 10:20 pm UTC

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Why did Nagania try to attack Rikki-tikki?

Nagaina wanted to get rid of Rikki-tikki because he was a threat to her family. Nag and Nagaina were the cobras that lived in Rikki-tikki’s family garden. Nagaina tried to attack Rikki-tikki at...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016 4:30 pm UTC

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In "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," what happens when Rikki first meets the snake?

On his second day at the bungalow, Rikki goes out to the garden to explore. Almost immediately he comes upon the tailorbirds, who are mourning the loss of a fledgling who fell from the nest and was...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 3:44 pm UTC

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How did Rikki's actions of destroying all of the cobra eggs except one foreshadow his final conflict with Nagaina in...

When Rikki-Tikki destroys all of the eggs except one, we know that he will need to face off against Nagaina and kill her in order to survive. Foreshadowing is a hint earlier in the story about what...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 1:36 am UTC

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What does Rikki do when Nagaina asks him to spare her last egg in "Rikki-tikki-tavi"?  

Rikki tells Nagaina that he is not going to spare her egg and he will kill her. The mongoose is the natural enemy of the snake. As soon as Rikki shows up, the cobras Nag and Nagaina immediately...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 4:30 am UTC

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When Darzee and his wife cowered in their nest, were they excited or fearful in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

Darzee and his wife are afraid, because the cobras are on the hunt. Darzee and his wife are the tailor-birds who help Rikki in his fight against the cobras. They are in danger because the cobras...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 2:22 am UTC

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How is Darzee's wife similar to Nagaina in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

Darzee and Nagaina are similar in the fact that they both recognize a threat to their family, and they are prepared to kill innocents to keep their family safe. Nagaina is afraid of Rikk-tikki....

Latest answer posted September 18, 2016 2:41 pm UTC

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What is the motto of the mongoose family? List three things that Rikki does to live up to the motto.

The motto of the entire mongoose family is "Run and find out." Although Rikki is just a young mongoose, he naturally follows his curiosity and then uses his skill in killing snakes to keep the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016 10:38 pm UTC

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How does Rikki tikki tavi show bravery? Explain the bravery in this story, and how Rikki is braver than Nagaina.

I disagree with the first poster. Most of what Rikki does in the story cannot be considered brave as the narrator tells us over and over that a mongoose is so full of curiousity it does not often...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2012 4:49 pm UTC

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How did Rikki-Tikki-Tavi respond to his new family in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?"

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is protective of his new family and curious about them. Rikki-Tikki is happy to find a family because “every well-brought-up mongoose always hopes to be a house-mongoose some day.”...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2015 9:40 pm UTC

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In what country does "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" take place?    

Short Answer: The short story takes place in the country of India. The setting of Rudyard Kipling's classic short story "Rikki-tikki-tavi" takes place in the "Segowlee cantonment," which is a...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019 2:51 pm UTC

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What examples of personification are there in Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?

Animals are described as people throughout the story. The use of animals as characters fully acting like humans is known as anthropomorphism. It is basically a sophisticated form of...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 1:00 am UTC

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How effectively does the description of Nag in paragraph 23 of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" evoke the image that he is a snake...

Rikki-tikki-tavi meets up with a tailor bird called Darzee and his wife. The birds are in a miserable mood, crying over the loss of one of their chicks. The baby fell out of their nest and was soon...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019 9:24 am UTC

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How could readers describe Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?  

Many adjectives could be used to describe Rikki. First, he is curious, a trait that comes naturally to all mongooses. He explores the bungalow thoroughly on his first day there, and even at night,...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 12:49 am UTC

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How do the actions of Darzee's wife develop the plot of this story in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

The actions of Darzee's wife contribute to the development of the plot by introducing the antagonists of the story and helping Rikki-Tikki successfully defeat Nagaina. Initially, Darzee and his...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019 6:15 pm UTC

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Who are the flat characters in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

In literature, flat characters lack emotional depth and do not experience any psychological or inherent change throughout the story. They are relatively one-dimensional characters, who are...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018 2:25 pm UTC

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