Grammardog Teacher's Guide contains 16 quizzes for this adventure story. All sentences are from the short story. The simple story uses all the elements of figurative language, poetic devices, sensory imagery and allusions. Quizzes feature the personification of Evil and Death and allusions to war, survival, and civilization. Onomatopoeia includes "Ding-dong-tock! cheep, and whack."
PLOT SUMMARY: A dog joins a wolf pack to survive. The Grammardog Guide to RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI features sentences from the short story in 16 grammar, style and proofreading quizzes that reinforce plot, characters and themes. The story is set in the 1890s in India. A British family acquires the mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi to protect the household from cobras, poisonous snakes whose bite is deadly. Rikki attacks the cobra Nag in the bathroom before dawn. Nag’s mate Nagaina takes revenge on the family. Nagaina sneaks up on the family one morning as they are having breakfast on the veranda. Meanwhile Rikki destroys all of Nagaina’s eggs but one. Rikki threatens to destroy the last egg if Nagaina tries to harm the little boy Teddy. Nagaina backs off with her egg. Rikki chases her to her underground nest where he engages in a battle to the death with the female cobra. Rikki triumphs and gains new confidence as protector of the family from future snake attacks.