Ishi: Last of His Tribe Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Theodora Kroeber
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Ishi and Timawi know that they are near a herd of deer?

2. How does Elder Uncle purify Ishi of any danger that might have followed him from the spirit world?

3. What is Ishi's reward for constructing a superb bow?

4. Why do Elder Uncle and Ishi spend time observing the elk?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What observations do the older members of the tribe make about Ishi?

2. What does Ishi discover when he returns to the village after he moves Mother?

3. How do the saldu treat Ishi's village when they discover it?

4. What comment does Grandfather make regarding Ishi's eating after he returns from his journey?

5. What details about the Harvest Feast suggest that Ishi and his family are the last of their tribe?

6. What assurance does Ishi give to Timawi when Timawi observes that Tushi prefers Ishi's company?

7. What makes Ishi's hunting trip with Elder Uncle so memorable?

8. Why does Ishi go the Black Rock?

9. According to Elder Uncle, why should the Yahi people not mourn for Timawi?

10. How is the Yahi creation story similar to the Judeo-Christian creation story (the creation story of the white man)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is broken into four sections, each describing a different part of Ishi's life. Analyze each of the titles given to the sections and explain the significance of those titles. Be sure to provide evidence from each section in order to support your points.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Ishi's understanding of war with the description of war that Majapa provides him. Why does he have a difficult time with the concept of war as Majapa describes it? What details trouble him? Why? Be sure to use specific examples and quotations to support your description.

Essay Topic 3

Even though Ishi dies as the last of his people, he manages to "save" the Yahi in a way. Explain how Ishi is able to preserve the Yahi way and ensure that the culture does not disappear. Provide specific examples and quotations for support.

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