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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Zorba tell the narrator he should have done before going to bed the night before in chapter 4?
(a) He tells the narrator that he should have made some work notes for the following day.
(b) He says the narrator should have told Dame Hortense how beautiful she is.
(c) He tells him he should have cleaned the house.
(d) Zorba tells him that he should have meditated.

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

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

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

8. What incident on the beach mellows the narrator's restlessness?
(a) He hears strange music.
(b) A horse and rider pass by.
(c) He sees a shooting star.
(d) He accidentally kills a butterfly.

9. 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 is a foundational part of his sophisticated world view.
(c) It is worthless and does not relate to the true human experience.
(d) It should be banned and removed from all libraries.

10. 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.

11. Zorba tells the narrator stories about the island. What kind of events does he describe?
(a) Feasts and birthdays.
(b) Wars and revolutions.
(c) Rape and thievery.
(d) Carnivals and circuses.

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

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

14. In Chapter 4, what does the narrator do when he first awakens?
(a) Goes jogging.
(b) Goes straight to work.
(c) Smokes a pipe.
(d) Has coffee with Zorba.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Zorba describe God?

2. Why does Zorba begin to feel restless and depressed while in Candia?

3. What makes the narrator want the widow even more?

4. What does the narrator do on his first morning in Crete?

5. Who does the narrator hire to help him mine lignite on the island?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. How does Zorba describe God?

He describes him as a crazier and wilder version of himself.

2. Why does Zorba begin to feel restless and depressed while in Candia?

He realizes he's aging.

3. What makes the narrator want the widow even more?

He has a brush with death.

4. What does the narrator do on his first morning in Crete?

He takes a stroll through the countryside.

5. Who does the narrator hire to help him mine lignite on the island?

Zorba.

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