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. Why do Ishi and Timawi choose not to chop the branch off the tree?

2. Why is Ishi concerned about Grandmother and Grandfather?

3. From what kind of tree does Ishi cut the branch for his bow?

4. Why does Ishi shoot the hat off the saldu who is climbing up the trail?

5. What do Elder Uncle, Timawi, and Ishi find when they return to the beaver dam?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Timawi, how were the seven remaining members of the Yahi tribe able to survive?

2. Why does Ishi choose not to kill the snow rabbit?

3. How do Ishi and Tushi ensure that their presence remains hidden from the saldu?

4. What assurance does Grandmother offer to Mother and Tushi after she realizes they have been crying over her approaching death?

5. How is Ishi's relationship with Timawi similar to his relationship with Tushi?

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

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

8. What does Grandfather say to Elder Uncle in order to reassure him after Timawi and Ishi leave?

9. How does Ishi know what to do with Timawi's body after he finds him dead in the woods?

10. Why do Ishi and Tushi plan a Harvest Feast?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

When Ishi tells Majapa that the Yahi world is dead, Majapa replies, "I think it is not dead. You remember it, and I remember it." Remembering is an important theme in the novel, the memory of experiences, of places, and most importantly of people. Explain how "remembering" teaches and consoles the characters in the novel. Be sure to use specific examples as support.

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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