Rudyard Kipling - Humble Independent School District
Rudyard Kipling 1865 - 1936 British Imperialism When Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was first published as part of the second volume of Kiplings Jungle
Book in 1895, Great Britain commanded the most powerful empire the world had ever seen. The Indian subcontinent was one important part of the empire, which thousands of AngloIndians, like Kipling himself, called home. The form of imperialism during Kiplings time was characterized by forceful imposition of British government and British culture upon the natives
of a region. Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India in 1865. India was ruled by England at that time. It was a British colony. He was educated in England and
married an American ; he lived for awhile in Virginia. Kipling returned to India in 1882. He worked for a newspaper. Kipling wrote poetry, novels,
and short stories. Kipling was the recipient of many honorary degrees and other awards. Kipling was chiefly
known as a writer of short stories. Kipling wrote Jungle Book
in 1894. It became a childrens classic around the world.
Walt Disneys cartoon version of the story was produced in
the 1960s. Readers loved Kiplings tales about the adventures of Englishmen in
distant parts of the world. He was a very popular writer in his time. Kipling won
the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. Kipling died on
January 18, 1936. Language Arts 7 Vocabulary Words from Rikki-tikki-tavi
by Rudyard Kipling mongoose scuttle verb to move with short, rapid steps
The mongoose scuttles across the yard when fighting the cobra. cower verb to crouch down, as in fear or shame
The puppy cowers in the corner when he is scolded. flinch verb to draw back, as from something painful, dangerous, or unpleasant; to
wince Getting a flu shot made the patient flinch. gait noun a particular manner of moving
on foot The athletes limping gait indicated that his pulled muscle was bothering him again. lunge verb
to make a sudden forward movement; to charge The cobra lunges at the mongoose, trying to bite it. fancy verb
to picture mentally; imagine to want or to like (we rarely use this form of the word today) I cannot fancy ever winning the lottery. I fancy a Diet Coke after school. valiant
adjective brave; courageous The fireman made a valiant rescue of a woman from the burning house. brood noun
all of the young of an animal that are born or cared for at the same time The brood of ducklings waddled across the street to swim in the pond. fledgling noun
a young bird that has recently grown its flight feathers The fledgling fell from the tree on his first attempt to fly. cunningly
adverb in a clever way that is meant to trick or deceive The girl cunningly pretended to not know how to play pool, and then she proceeded to win all the old mans money.
consolation noun a comfort Going to Splashtown for the day was no consolation for missing our trip to Disney World.
revive verb to return to life or consciousness We threw water on his face to revive him after he fainted. mongoose-cobra fight
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