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 does Ishi know that the saldu have made it to the ledge of their village?

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

3. What prediction does Mother make about the New Year?

4. How are the mountain fish that Timawi and Ishi catch different from the fish in the canyon?

5. What reason does Timawi give to explain why it is acceptable to steal saldu food?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reservations does Grandfather have about moving the tribe to the mountain?

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

3. How is Ishi's bow important for his development into manhood?

4. What does Tushi refuse to wear the sweetgrass bracelet that Timawi wants to give her?

5. How do the stories that the Yahi tell about Timawi evolve following his death?

6. How do Elder Uncle and Grandfather begin to prepare Ishi for manhood in Section 5 of "The Moon Seasons?"

7. How has the relationship between Ishi and Tushi changed since they first came to Wowunupo?

8. Why does Elder Uncle say that they should no longer hunt on the mountain next to the village?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Rituals are an important part of Yahi life. Describe some of the important rituals and explain their importance to the Yahi. Why does Ishi continue to perform many of these rituals even after he is the last of his people? Why does he choose to share these rituals with others? Be sure to include specific details to support your observations.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, the importance of passing on knowledge and responsibility to the next generation is an important theme. In fact, Ishi continues this tradition even after he is the last of his people. Analyze the cycle of "passing down" from one generation to the next and how this cycle adapts to fit the changes that Ishi experiences. Be sure to support your ideas with specific examples.

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