Ishi: Last of His Tribe Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

Theodora Kroeber
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Moon Seasons Section 9.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Ishi not tell Elder Uncle or Mother about his visits to Black Rock?
(a) They have told him repeatedly not to go there.
(b) He knows they would worry, and they already have enough to worry about.
(c) Ishi is afraid that they would make fun of him.
(d) If he tells them, they will want to go with him.

2. How do Ishi and Timawi know that they are near a herd of deer?
(a) They can hear the deer calls.
(b) They can see the deer through the trees.
(c) They can smell the deer.
(d) They see the deer tracks.

3. Why does Ishi retrieve his arrow from the tree into which he had misfired?
(a) He does not want any saldu to see it and suspect that there are Yahi nearby.
(b) He is embarrassed that someone will see it and know that his first shot missed.
(c) It takes a lot of work to make an arrow, and the arrowhead is treasured.
(d) He wants to keep it as a memento of his first deer.

4. Why do the Yahi no longer spend the summer on the mountain?
(a) The gods have sent signs that the Yahi should not move from their village.
(b) Elder Uncle is afraid that they will be discovered by the saldu.
(c) The family has grown attached to Tuliyani and do not want to move.
(d) The summers are no longer as hot, so the move is unnecessary.

5. How tall is Black Rock?
(a) Three times the height of Ishi's house.
(b) As tall as a grizzly bear standing on two legs.
(c) Three times the height of a man.
(d) As tall as four large pines trees.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Ishi's job in the spring?

2. What advice does Elder Uncle give Ishi and Timawi regarding the saldu?

3. According to the Yahi creation story, how did creation begin?

4. According to Elder Uncle's story, why did Ishi's father kill the saldu who had come to their village?

5. According to the Yahi creation story, into what did the god Kaltsuna transform after he finished creating humans?

(see the answer key)

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