Zorba the Greek Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the narrator say that the sexual organs may get in the way of freedom?
(a) He says that sexual thoughts can keep a person from being productive.
(b) He says that the need to have children keeps people from living full lives.
(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.

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

3. What does Zorba indicate would be the worst thing the narrator could do to Anagnosti?
(a) Kill his children.
(b) Hire him at the mine.
(c) Cast down his religion.
(d) Leave his celebration.

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

5. 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) Once honestly and twice half-honestly.
(d) Three times.

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

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

8. Who reports that a widow has lost her sheep and is offering a reward for it?
(a) Manolakus.
(b) Mimiko.
(c) Zorba.
(d) Anagnosti.

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

10. What is the ultimate physical experience for Zorba?
(a) Going to war.
(b) Sex.
(c) Playing a musical instrument.
(d) Mining.

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

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

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

14. In Chapter 13, Zorba demonstrates his dedication to what?
(a) The narrator.
(b) Madame Hortense.
(c) His immediate passions.
(d) His "honest" wife.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What happens to Zorba that he believes to be a terrible omen?

3. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

4. How does Zorba suggest that a man best get to know the world?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. 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?

It refuses to grow old.

2. What happens to Zorba that he believes to be a terrible omen?

A priest crosses his path.

3. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

Dame Hortense.

4. How does Zorba suggest that a man best get to know the world?

He suggests that a man spend some time being savage and sinful.

5. 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.

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