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 smell when he finally wakes up and stands at the mouth of the cave?

2. What suggests to Ishi that the mother bear he sees is the same one that fought him for the cave?

3. What does Ishi ask to do before he puts on the saldu clothing?

4. What does Mother take from her treasure bundle and wear on the night that she dies?

5. What service does Ishi offer to the museum?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Majapa's Dream compare to Ishi's Dream?

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

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

4. How does Mother's death affect Ishi?

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

6. How does Ishi overcome his concern about bringing Majapa and Maliwal into the Yahi world?

7. Why does the return of his quiver and knife lead Ishi to suggest the trip to the Yahi world?

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

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

10. How are the men at the museum different from other saldu that Ishi has observed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Yahi world, the spirit world interacts with and influences the world of the living. Explain the ways in which the living are influenced and affected by the spirits. What does this suggest about the Yahi culture? How does this affect the ways in which the Yahi view life? Be sure to include specific examples and evidence to support your explanations.

Essay Topic 2

How do Ishi's later experiences with the saldu differ from his experiences as a child and young man? How do these differences influence his decision to live with the saldu? How does his understanding and impression of them change as the novel develops, and how does it remain the same? Be sure to include specific examples to support your points.

Essay Topic 3

The novel chronicles most of Ishi's life, and in a way, the reader gets to see him grow up. Trace Ishi's development from boy, man, to "Elder Brother." Explain how different experiences help him grow into a man and mentor. Be sure to provide specific examples and quotations to support your observations.

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