Kim Ideas for Reports and Papers
by Rudyard Kipling

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Compare Kim with one or two other well-known novels of a young person's education, such as Treasure Island, Huckleberry Finn, or Tom Sawyer.

2. Kim is a novel detailing the qualities of four major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Discuss the qualities of these religions as presented by Kipling.

3. The wheel is an important symbol in the novel. Discuss how the lama sees the wheel as a religious symbol and how Kim sees the wheel as a symbol of his own education.

4. Despite his colonialist thinking about other races and groups different from the white Britisher, Kipling is very much a believer in the dignity of all people. How does he show the innate worth of all people in Kim?

5. Many women appear in Kim. Discuss what Kipling sees as the fundamental role of women in India.