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. How does Zorba treat women for the most part?
(a) He is mostly very kind.
(b) He acts as a servant to them.
(c) He belittles them in public.
(d) He is physically abusive.

2. What does the narrator's manuscript become for him?
(a) A meditation on finding true peace.
(b) A guideline for feeling comfortable in the Void.
(c) A war-like attempt to completely remove the prophet from his soul.
(d) A blueprint for redesigning the mine.

3. Although the narrator remains unnamed, what does Zorba call the narrator?
(a) Boss.
(b) Bro.
(c) Sir.
(d) Captain.

4. What does Zorba mean when he describes being married "dishonestly"?
(a) Marrying an Italian woman.
(b) Sexual relationships that later lead to marriage.
(c) Being married to two women at the same time.
(d) Any sexual adventure.

5. Who does Zorba meet while in Candia?
(a) His ex-wife.
(b) His long lost brother.
(c) A young woman.
(d) His former best friend.

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

7. With what does the narrator begin to equate Buddha?
(a) A new, evolved civilization.
(b) The Void and the end of civilization.
(c) Successful mining operations.
(d) The onset of true peace.

8. What or who does the narrator live for?
(a) God.
(b) Zorba.
(c) Women.
(d) Mankind.

9. What pact do the narrator and his best friend make before parting?
(a) They agree to a double wedding when they reunite.
(b) They agree to telepathically warn one another of danger.
(c) They agree to one day own a lignite mine together.
(d) They agree to fight in the war together.

10. What does the narrator mostly do while Zorba works in the mine?
(a) He works on his writing.
(b) He romances Madame Hortense.
(c) He swims in the ocean.
(d) He also works in the mine.

11. As the narrator gets to know the mine workers, what does he talk to them about?
(a) Socialist ideas.
(b) Women.
(c) Revolution.
(d) Religion.

12. Why does Zorba tell the narrator not to preach equality of the sexes?
(a) He says that the people of Crete believe in equality of the sexes already.
(b) He says it is all lies anyway.
(c) He says that Anagnosti will kill him if he does.
(d) He says it will disrupt the island's way of life without offering solutions for making it better.

13. What is the primary message in the book that the narrator is reading?
(a) It exhibits the excellence of true love.
(b) It offers instruction on running a mine.
(c) It makes an example of the inefficiency of bookworms.
(d) It emphasizes the virtue of possessing nothing.

14. Why does Zorba suggest that the narrator should burn his library?
(a) Because the books are romantic.
(b) Because the books are religious.
(c) Because his books don't celebrate nature enough.
(d) Because the books are unrelated to mining.

15. Zorba tells the story of an old man who will what?
(a) Never leave Crete.
(b) Cook a delicious soup.
(c) Play a musical instrument when happy.
(d) Never die.

Short Answer Questions

1. About what does Zorba confront the miners?

2. How does Zorba live his life?

3. How did Zorba temporarily keep track of his sexual relationships?

4. What does Zorba indicate would be the worst thing the narrator could do to Anagnosti?

5. With what does the narrator compare his lustful feelings for the widow to?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. About what does Zorba confront the miners?

Failing to get their picks before exiting.

2. How does Zorba live his life?

He lives like every day is his last.

3. How did Zorba temporarily keep track of his sexual relationships?

He cut off a lock of each lover's hair.

4. What does Zorba indicate would be the worst thing the narrator could do to Anagnosti?

Cast down his religion.

5. With what does the narrator compare his lustful feelings for the widow to?

The temptation of Buddha by the Evil One.

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