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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What act has Zorba performed that symbolizes the connection between freedom and manliness?
(a) He brutally killed hundreds of people in the revolution.
(b) He cut part of his finger off because it got in the way of his pottery.
(c) He carried everyone's bags onto the ship.
(d) He cut part of his ear off because it was larger than the other.

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

4. What has historically impacted Crete and the Cretan people more than anything else?
(a) Carnivals.
(b) Movie theaters.
(c) Wars.
(d) Religious ceremonies.

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

6. What does the narrator do when Zorba displays frustration with the miners?
(a) He fires Zorba.
(b) He leaves the mine without speaking.
(c) He calls a lunch break.
(d) He fires several miners.

7. 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 wants to develop a cable system for transporting timber.
(c) He plans to blast a new entrance to the mine.
(d) He wants to build a ship so that he and his boss can sail around the world.

8. What reason does Zorba give for having attacked his old boss?
(a) He claims the man kissed his girlfriend.
(b) He says the man tried to assault him first.
(c) He says the man cheated him.
(d) He offers no excuse or reason.

9. What does Zorba promise the narrator upon the initiation of their friendship?
(a) He promises to make him a fortune.
(b) He promises to cook him soup and play him music.
(c) He promises to do all of his cooking and cleaning.
(d) He promises to find him a wife.

10. Who were Madame Hortense's four great loves?
(a) Four chefs from Italy, France, Spain, and Poland.
(b) Four thieves from Crete.
(c) Two pilots from America and two from Germany.
(d) Four admirals from England, France, Italy, Russia.

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

12. How does Zorba feel about women?
(a) He believes they are intellectually superior to men.
(b) He doesn't speak to them but looks constantly for a wife.
(c) He feels closer to them than he does to men.
(d) He does not take them seriously but enjoys them physically.

13. How does Zorba live his life?
(a) He reads books that instruct him how to live.
(b) He lives like every day is his last.
(c) He trusts that other people will show him how to live.
(d) He moves about suspecting that everyone wants to hurt him.

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

15. Who do Zorba and the narrator stay with on their first night on the island?
(a) Dame Hortense.
(b) A village elder.
(c) A young boy.
(d) A monk.

Short Answer Questions

1. About what does Zorba confront the miners?

2. What is the name of the new friend the narrator makes at the beginning of the novel?

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

4. What pact do the narrator and his best friend make before parting?

5. How does the narrator end the letter to his friend in Chapter 8?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. About what does Zorba confront the miners?

Failing to get their picks before exiting.

2. What is the name of the new friend the narrator makes at the beginning of the novel?

Zorba.

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

To buy supplies for the mine.

4. What pact do the narrator and his best friend make before parting?

They agree to telepathically warn one another of danger.

5. How does the narrator end the letter to his friend in Chapter 8?

He tells him that he has love for him.

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