Zorba the Greek Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Zorba's response when the narrator asks him how many times he has been married?
(a) Twice honestly and once half-honestly.
(b) Four times.
(c) Three times.
(d) Once honestly and twice half-honestly.

2. What does the narrator remember his friend teasing him about?
(a) Being a bookworm rather than an adventurer.
(b) Having family from Italy.
(c) Being too short.
(d) Renting a lignite mine.

3. What does Zorba say that his 80 year-old grandmother wanted?
(a) She wanted a young husband.
(b) She wanted the wars to end.
(c) She wanted to travel to Crete.
(d) She wanted to be serenaded.

4. While Zorba is away, who invites the narrator to visit Africa?
(a) Zorba.
(b) The narrator's older brother.
(c) His soldier friend.
(d) Karayannis.

5. What does Zorba tell the narrator he should have done before going to bed the night before in chapter 4?
(a) He tells him he should have cleaned the house.
(b) He tells the narrator that he should have made some work notes for the following day.
(c) He says the narrator should have told Dame Hortense how beautiful she is.
(d) Zorba tells him that he should have meditated.

6. What part of the narrator's friendship with his absent friend is he sad about?
(a) He thinks his friend hates him.
(b) He thinks his friend will find a new best friend.
(c) The two got into a fist fight before his friend left.
(d) The two argued rather than expressing love.

7. What does Zorba's gift prompt Madame Hortense to do?
(a) Start crying.
(b) Profess her love for Zorba.
(c) Leave the room.
(d) Talk about her love affairs.

8. While Zorba and the narrator are in the shop, who runs past the window?
(a) A fellow miner.
(b) A paper boy.
(c) A beautiful widow.
(d) A juggler.

9. In regards to food, what three categories does Zorba say that the three different types of men turn their food into?
(a) Sex, work, and fat.
(b) Fat and manure, work and good humor, and God.
(c) Fear, love, and God.
(d) Love and kindness, manure and energy, and gluttony.

10. What is the great plan that Zorba reveals to the narrator in Chapter 6?
(a) He plans to marry Madame Hortense for her great wealth.
(b) He plans to blast a new entrance to the mine.
(c) He wants to build a ship so that he and his boss can sail around the world.
(d) He wants to develop a cable system for transporting timber.

11. In which category does Zorba think his boss strives for with his food?
(a) God.
(b) Work.
(c) Love and kindness.
(d) Fat and manure.

12. Why does the narrator say that the sexual organs may get in the way of freedom?
(a) He says that the need to have children keeps people from living full lives.
(b) He says that sexual thoughts can keep a person from being productive.
(c) He says that being promiscuous can keep a man from going to heaven.
(d) He says that clothing that doesn't fit correctly restricts freedom.

13. What or who does Zorba live for?
(a) Mining.
(b) God.
(c) Man as individual.
(d) Mankind.

14. Who takes charge when the work begins in the mine?
(a) The narrator.
(b) The narrator's grandfather.
(c) Zorba.
(d) A soldier.

15. Who does the narrator receive letters from in Chapter 12?
(a) His old friend and Karayannis.
(b) His mother and his old friend.
(c) Karayannis and Zorba.
(d) Karayannis and his father.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator decide about the poetry he has always loved?

2. What does Zorba tell the narrator that God would rather him do?

3. In Chapter 4, what does the narrator do when he first awakens?

4. The narrator warn Zorba that such passions may lead to the removal of what body part?

5. When Zorba and the narrator refuse Mavrandoni's offer of hospitality, what does he say about them?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. A
3. D
4. D
5. C
6. D
7. D
8. C
9. B
10. D
11. A
12. C
13. C
14. C
15. A

Short Answer Key

1. What does the narrator decide about the poetry he has always loved?

It is worthless and does not relate to the true human experience.

2. What does Zorba tell the narrator that God would rather him do?

God would rather him visit the widow than go to church.

3. In Chapter 4, what does the narrator do when he first awakens?

Smokes a pipe.

4. The narrator warn Zorba that such passions may lead to the removal of what body part?

The sexual organs.

5. When Zorba and the narrator refuse Mavrandoni's offer of hospitality, what does he say about them?

He says they are free to choose.

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