Author - Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling painted in 1891 by John Collier.

Author - Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India on the 30th of December 1865. When he was 5 he was sent to England to be educated. His schooling over, he returned to India where he found employment as the Principal of the Mayo College of Art, the Curator of the Lahore Museum and the assistant editor of the Civil & Military Gazette, before he left India once more to visit the USA and Africa before settling in the UK.

His career as a writer began with the publication of some of his poems in 1881. He went on to be a prolific author, having over 30 collections of his short stories, including The Jungle Book, The Second Jungle Book and The Just So Stories published, along with four novels, several works of non-fiction and well over 400 poems. He died on the 18th of January 1936 at the age of 70.

Rudyard Kipling is probably best known for his celebration of British imperialism. Find out how much you know about the life and times of this intriguing man and maybe expand your knowledge at the same time by taking this quiz.

Which American writer did Kipling meet in Elmira, New York in 1889?
Henry James
Edgar Allan Poe
Mark Twain
Walt Whitman
Kipling spent seven months travelling from India to Britain via Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, the USA and Canada
In the novel Kim, what is Kim's real first name?
Kimball "Kim" O'Hara is the orphan son of an Irish soldier in India, reduced to begging for a living
Which 1895 poem is a memorable evocation of the British 'stiff upper lip'?
The poem is written as if it were advice to Kipling's son, John, who was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915
In which country was Kipling born in 1865?
He was born in Bombay, what is now Mumbai
What was the title of the Kipling poem that was first published in McClure's magazine in 1899?
The White Man's Burden
The White Man's Conscience
The White Man's Legacy
The White Man's Responsibility
The poem concerns the ceding of the Philippines to the United States
Which 1888 short story was adapted into a 1975 film starring Sean Connery and Michael Cain?
The Man Who Would Be God
The Man Who Would Be Immortal
The Man Who Would Be King
The Man Who Would Be Wise
The film also featured Christopher Plummer, playing Kipling
In the famous poem Gunga Din, what is the title character's job?
Gunga Din saves the life of a soldier but dies doing so. At the end of the poem the soldier rues his poor treatment of the boy who he now regards as a better man than himself
In which English county is Kipling's house, Batemans, which was bequeathed to the National Trust after his death?
East Sussex
West Sussex
It's in the village of Burwash
One of the Just So Stories tells how which animal got his skin?
The hippopotamus
The leopard
The rhinoceros
The tiger
There are 13 stories in all and they explain, amongst other things, How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Leopard Got His Spots and How the Elephant got his Trunk
In what year was Kipling awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature?
He was the first English speaker to win the prize, which he was awarded... "In consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterise the creations of this world-famous author"


Author:  Tony Rennick

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