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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Zorba suggest that a man best get to know the world?
(a) He says that a man should go sailing around the world.
(b) He says that a man should try foreign foods.
(c) He suggests that a man spend some time being savage and sinful.
(d) He says that a man should have relations with many women.

4. What does the narrator remember his friend teasing him about?
(a) Having family from Italy.
(b) Being a bookworm rather than an adventurer.
(c) Renting a lignite mine.
(d) Being too short.

5. Why does Zorba tell the narrator not to preach equality of the sexes?
(a) He says it will disrupt the island's way of life without offering solutions for making it better.
(b) He says it is all lies anyway.
(c) He says that the people of Crete believe in equality of the sexes already.
(d) He says that Anagnosti will kill him if he does.

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

7. What is the name of the new friend the narrator makes at the beginning of the novel?
(a) Santuri.
(b) Zorba.
(c) Crete.
(d) The Devil.

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

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

10. What makes the narrator want the widow even more?
(a) He reads a love story.
(b) He has a brush with death.
(c) He learns to mine.
(d) He gets a letter from a family member.

11. How does the narrator end the letter to his friend in Chapter 8?
(a) He suggests they not see one another again.
(b) He tells him that he has love for him.
(c) He reveals his plans for the mine.
(d) He tells him that he wishes he too were at war.

12. With what does the narrator compare his lustful feelings for the widow to?
(a) The temptation of Buddha by the Evil One.
(b) The widow's garden.
(c) Walking on the beach at night.
(d) Not ever finding any lignite in the mine.

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

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

15. What is the narrator's second goal at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) He wants to find a lover.
(b) He wants to learn to play a musical instrument.
(c) He wants to be more grounded in the physical world of men.
(d) He wants to become an excellent cook.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Zorba blame for Madame Hortense's promiscuity?

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

3. How does Zorba feel about women?

4. What does the narrator decide about the poetry he has always loved?

5. What does Zorba say that his 80 year-old grandmother wanted?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. Who does Zorba blame for Madame Hortense's promiscuity?

God.

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

To buy supplies for the mine.

3. How does Zorba feel about women?

He does not take them seriously but enjoys them physically.

4. What does the narrator decide about the poetry he has always loved?

It is worthless and does not relate to the true human experience.

5. What does Zorba say that his 80 year-old grandmother wanted?

She wanted to be serenaded.

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