Captains Courageous ONE PAGE ESSAY QUESTIONS Due Oct. 7th



Juniors & Seniors MUST DO BOTH Short Essay Questions

One Page Short Essay (10 pts), Venn Diagram Packet & Take Home Final Parts 1 & 2 Due Friday, Oct. 7th

   (Juniors & Seniors Scroll Down for #2)


What evidence of Harvey Jr.’s changed life can you find in Captains Courageous? What were the changes that Harvey’s dad, Mr. Cheyne, saw in his son? Be sure to state specific examples from the book and include page numbers.  Lastly, be sure to note why Cheyne’s statement on p. 124, when he says, “Don’t see as Europe could have done it any better,” is significant to the message of Kipling’s book.

SHORT ESSAY #2 Juniors & Seniors Must Answer – 5 Points

(Extra-credit for Freshmen & Sophomores)

What parts of the book make it seem like “relief at the cost of life” and “a steamer under-engined for its length” as one critic described it? If Kipling did this on purpose, what do you think he might have been saying about America by including parts that seem to make the plot stall? How might this be part of Kipling’s call for America to “grow up”?  What insights do the following notes for Kipling’s very famous poem “White Man’s Burden” add to this theme? (The poem was completed only two years after Captains Courageous.)  How does this analysis of Kipling’s motivation miss the mark Biblically?  What might be some noble reasons to expand democracy, humanitarian and spiritual aid to other peoples and places?  Some sinful reasons?


The White Man’s Burden
TAKE up the White Man’s burden –
Send forth the best ye breed –
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild –
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.Take up the White Man’s burden –
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain,
To seek another’s profit,
And work another’s gain.Take up the White Man’s burden –
The savage wars of peace –
Fill full the mouth of famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.Take up the White Man’s burden –
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper –
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go make them with your living,
And mark them with your dead !

Take up the White Man’s burden –
And reap his old reward,
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard –
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly !) towards the light:-
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night ?”

Take up the White Man’s burden –
Ye dare not stoop to less –
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloak your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent sullen peoples
Shall weigh your Gods[1] and you.

Take up the White Man’s burden –
Have done with childish days –
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers.


Read “White Man’s Burden” Intro Notes by Mary Hamer

And Vocabulary Notes:

[1] “Gods” originally God. See Mary Hamer’s Notes at










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