The White Man's Burden Assignment

The White Man’s Burden Questions

Directions: After you have annotated the poem, answer the questions below on a separate sheet of paper. Provide textual evidence for all your answers and explain thoroughly.

  1. What was “The White Man’s Burden”?
  2. What parts of this poem, prove that “The White Man’s Burden” is really about Imperialism?
  3. How are natives portrayed?
  4. What is the “reward” Kipling says they get for bearing the burden?
  5. What is Kipling’s view/attitude towards Imperialism?