Zorba the Greek Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Zorba travel to town in Chapter 12?
(a) To buy Madame Hortense many fine gifts.
(b) To buy supplies for the mine.
(c) To hire a prostitute.
(d) To find a new job.

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

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

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

5. Why does Zorba watch the widow's home?
(a) He wants to make sure she is not going to bed alone.
(b) He wants to protect her from Mimiko.
(c) He wants to steal from her.
(d) He wants to make sure the narrator is not sneaking into her house.

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

7. Who does the narrator receive letters from in Chapter 12?
(a) His old friend and Karayannis.
(b) Karayannis and Zorba.
(c) His mother and his old friend.
(d) Karayannis and his father.

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

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. With whom do the narrator and Zorba enjoy Christmas Eve dinner?
(a) Madame Hortense.
(b) The widow.
(c) Mimiko.
(d) Buddha.

11. Who does the narrator hire to help him mine lignite on the island?
(a) Crete.
(b) His best friend.
(c) Santuri.
(d) Zorba.

12. 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.

13. 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 front of a castle.
(d) A portrait of the two of them in a garden.

14. How did Zorba temporarily keep track of his sexual relationships?
(a) He carved notches in the side of a boat.
(b) He recorded the names of the women in a small book.
(c) He asked his mother to remember his list of lovers.
(d) He cut off a lock of each lover's hair.

15. What or who does the narrator's long-time friend live for?
(a) Women.
(b) Mankind.
(c) The narrator.
(d) God.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. Although the narrator remains unnamed, what does Zorba call the narrator?

5. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

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

He realizes he's aging.

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

They agree to telepathically warn one another of danger.

3. 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.

4. Although the narrator remains unnamed, what does Zorba call the narrator?

Boss.

5. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

Dame Hortense.

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