Ishi: Last of His Tribe Test | Final 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. What does Ishi ask to do before he puts on the saldu clothing?

2. Who will go on the trip to the Yahi world?

3. For how long does Ishi sleep after he buries Mother?

4. According to Ishi, who should take the first salmon when they fish?

5. How does Ishi die?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Ishi affected by seeing the baskets that Tushi had made?

2. How does Majapa comfort Maliwal after Ishi's death?

3. What does Ishi value about his relationship with the girl that he meets in the arroyo?

4. How do Ishi's friends show respect for him after his death?

5. How does Mother's death affect Ishi?

6. Why does Ishi choose to return to the museum rather than stay in the Yahi world?

7. What details lead Ishi to believe that Elder Uncle and Tushi have not survived the escape?

8. How do Mother and Ishi support each other after they are separated from Elder Uncle and Tushi?

9. How is the Stranger who visits Ishi different from the other saldu he has met?

10. How does Ishi discover a way of preserving the Yahi world?

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

Journeys are important symbolic motifs in the novel. Analyze the characters' journeys and explain the significance of these journeys. What do the characters gain from their journeys? Why is the journey necessary? Be sure to support your ideas with specific examples and quotations.

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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