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"Kim" by Rudyard Kipling
"I have enjoyed the film and the book. Here are some questions based on the book alone. Enjoy."
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The story starts with the scene of three street urchins playing outside the museum at Lahore. Three boys are playing 'king of the castle' on a big cannon. What is the name of the big cannon?
The Lama, an old ascetic Tibetan priest, is on a journey to find the sacred river that was created by Buddha's Arrow. Along the way he meets the curator of the Lahore museum and looks at the collection of Buddhist relics in the museum. The curator, as a parting gift, gives the Lama something personal that belongs to him. What did the curator give the old priest?
A map to the holy river
A walking cane
Consistently throughout this story Kim is addressed, especially by the Lama, by which nickname?
"little friend of all the world"
The Lama seeks the 'River of the Arrow' to free himself and to be cleansed, by bathing in the river, of "all taint and speckle of sin". What, in particular, is the Lama looking to be released from?
The "Wheel of Things"
The "Facts of Life"
The "Chains of Office"
The "39 Steps"
Kim is on his own quest to find the "Red Bull on a green field". To achieve this he becomes the Lama's 'chela'. What is a 'chela'?
Kim is the son of an former Irish sergeant in the British army in India. But, Kim is a shortened version of his full name. What is Kim's full Christian name?
While on the journey with the Lama, Kim comes to a village where he pretends he can see the future and 'foresees' a great war with eight thousand soldiers on the march. This brings him to the attention of an old soldier who lived in the village. During The Great Mutiny of 1857 the old soldier sided with the British forces and retired with honour after attaining which rank in the Indian army?
Whilst on the Grand Trunk Road Kim and the Lama travel with the woman of Kulu and her retinue. To where is she travelling?
What was the nickname of the fictitious Irish regiment whose flags were adorned with a red bull on a green field?
What is the Catholic priest, Father Victor's, favourite phrase when he is surprised?
"Powers of Darkness"
At the soldiers' camp Kim is able to get hold of a letter writer so that he can send a plea for help. To whom does Kim send his plea?
The Lama and the priest come to an arrangement whereby the Lama pays for Kim to be sent to a Catholic school in Lucknow instead of the Military Orphanage which is run by the Church of England. What is the name of the Catholic school?
In which Indian city does Kim meet, and become apprenticed to, the gem seller and spy, Lurgan Sahib?
During the course of his stay with Lurgan Sahib Kim came very close to being hypnotised. What did Kim use to stop himself from being hypnotised?
Lurgan's friend, and fellow link in the chain of information, Hurree Chunder Mookerjee is an educated Bengali Hindu. What honorific is he given to show his knowledge?
As a small diversion Mahbub Ali and Kim travel to buy some Gulf Arabs to trade later. What are Gulf Arabs?
At the age of sixteen Kim is considered, by Lurgan Sahib and Mahbub Ali, to be ready for field training in the intelligence game. After leaving school Kim is taken to an old sorceress who clothes him in the authentic disguise of a young Buddhist priest and places a number of charms around his body to protect him from any harmful devils. What is the name of this sorceress?
The woman of Kulu
The woman of Shamlegh
It's three years after Kim is sent to school and once again he is on a journey with the Lama to find the river. On a train journey to Delhi he has a strange encounter with a man posing as a Mahratta and we find out he is E.23, a government agent, and that he is being hunted by his enemies. Kim helps the agent by changing him into a person of a different caste. What caste did he change him into?
During their journey through the hills of the north, Kim, and the Lama, are in the company of the two foreign surveyors. The Russian surveyor espys the hand drawn picture of the 'Wheel of Life' that the Lama is using as a teaching aid. An altercation with the Russian surveyor results in the Lama ending up on the ground. What did the Russian do to the Lama?
As well as being an associate member of the British secret service Hurree Mookerjee wished to accrue an honour that Colonel Creighton holds, as a member of which society?
Kim and the Lama are hidden from the foreign surveyors by the people of the village which is controlled a mysterious woman who goes by the name of ... what?
The woman of Kulu
The woman of Tralee
The woman of Lahore
The woman of Shamlegh
The Lama realises he has been wrong in searching amongst the hills for the river and sets out for the plains of India to the south. Travelling by litter they descend to safer ground away from the foreign surveyors. Kim's health deteriorates and the Lama decides to visit the woman of Kulu so that Kim might recuperate. Which character, in his guise as a healer, do they meet there?
Where does Kim first meet the enigmatic spy master Creighton Sahib?
At the start of the story Kim is being looked after by a half-caste woman who let him roam the streets of Lahore while she indulged in her addiction to which substance?
Rudyard Kipling first started work on "Kim" in 1892, but when did the book get published, as an edition, in England?
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