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 Lola refer to Zorba?
(a) Grandad.
(b) Daddy.
(c) Uncle.
(d) Son.

2. Why does Zorba begin to feel restless and depressed while in Candia?
(a) He is going to be a father.
(b) He has suddenly become afraid of mining.
(c) He has fallen in love.
(d) He realizes he's aging.

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

4. What does the narrator decide about the poetry he has always loved?
(a) It helped him get through his youth but is of little value now.
(b) It should be banned and removed from all libraries.
(c) It is a foundational part of his sophisticated world view.
(d) It is worthless and does not relate to the true human experience.

5. 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 fight in the war together.
(c) They agree to telepathically warn one another of danger.
(d) They agree to one day own a lignite mine together.

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

7. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?
(a) A young widowed mother.
(b) A strange woman walking on the beach.
(c) A nun.
(d) Dame Hortense.

8. In a letter to the narrator, Zorba indicates that he has a devil living inside of him who is like Zorba in every way except what?
(a) It has warts.
(b) It loves philosophy.
(c) It does not like romance.
(d) It refuses to grow old.

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

10. At the feast at Noussa's house, what does Zorba say happened after he gave the toast?
(a) A candle lighting ceremony.
(b) An extravagant meal.
(c) An orgy.
(d) A concert.

11. Who does Zorba blame for Madame Hortense's promiscuity?
(a) Her father.
(b) Her mother.
(c) A priest.
(d) God.

12. 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.

13. What body part is Zorba missing a part of?
(a) Finger.
(b) Arm.
(c) Toe.
(d) Ear.

14. Who is the second person to offer the narrator and Zorba lodging in Crete?
(a) The local baker.
(b) The pharmacist.
(c) The monks.
(d) The village elder.

15. About what does Zorba confront the miners?
(a) Leaving lanterns lit inside.
(b) Failing to get their picks before exiting.
(c) Not following the proper safety procedures.
(d) Taking long lunch breaks.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Zorba travel to town in Chapter 12?

2. What exclamation does the first chapter conclude with?

3. What story does Anagnosti tell at the celebration?

4. Why does Zorba watch the widow's home?

5. How does Zorba believe a man should treat a woman?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. Why does Zorba travel to town in Chapter 12?

To buy supplies for the mine.

2. What exclamation does the first chapter conclude with?

"God and the Devil!"

3. What story does Anagnosti tell at the celebration?

The tale of his birth.

4. Why does Zorba watch the widow's home?

He wants to make sure she is not going to bed alone.

5. How does Zorba believe a man should treat a woman?

He should tell her she's beautiful no matter what.

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