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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

3. How does Zorba describe God?
(a) He describes him as a crazier and wilder version of himself.
(b) He describes him as "ether."
(c) He likens him to the mine.
(d) He describes him as peaceful and quiet.

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

5. Who does Zorba offer to take the place of in Madame Hortense's world?
(a) Canavaro.
(b) The narrator.
(c) Mavrandoni.
(d) Her parrot.

6. How many places does Zorba set the dinner table for on their first night on Crete?
(a) 2
(b) 3
(c) 4
(d) 1

7. What painting does Zorba present to Madame Hortense?
(a) A portrait of the two of them in a garden.
(b) A painting of her as a siren leading battleships.
(c) A painting of her as a goddess.
(d) A portrait of the two of them in front of a castle.

8. To whom does the narrator's soldier friend say his greatest actions will be owed credit?
(a) Sampson from the Bible.
(b) His father.
(c) The narrator.
(d) Rembrandt's "Warrior."

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

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

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

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

13. What happens to Zorba that he believes to be a terrible omen?
(a) A priest crosses his path.
(b) He loses his job at the mine.
(c) He falls in love with a woman.
(d) He grows interested in philosophy.

14. What happens at the celebration in Chapter 5?
(a) The eating of elaborate cakes.
(b) The slaughter of sheep.
(c) The castration of pigs.
(d) Several marriage ceremonies.

15. What does Zorba consider the act of dancing to be?
(a) Entertainment.
(b) Sexual.
(c) Competition.
(d) Communication.

Short Answer Questions

1. Under what conditions does Zorba say that Noussa left him?

2. What does Zorba do when he hears his boss talking to the workmen?

3. What reason does the narrator give in his argument that Zorba should not pressure him to visit the widow?

4. What exclamation does the first chapter conclude with?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. Under what conditions does Zorba say that Noussa left him?

She eloped with a soldier.

2. What does Zorba do when he hears his boss talking to the workmen?

He throws his boss out of the mine.

3. What reason does the narrator give in his argument that Zorba should not pressure him to visit the widow?

Acting impulsively is against his nature.

4. What exclamation does the first chapter conclude with?

"God and the Devil!"

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

Smokes a pipe.

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