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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When the narrator meets some young women on his first day in Crete, how do the girls respond?
(a) With ridicule.
(b) With hatred.
(c) Joyfully.
(d) Fearfully.

2. What is one of the narrator's goals at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) He wants to grow his hair long.
(b) He wants to forget about Buddha.
(c) He wants to improve his vocabulary.
(d) He wants to learn to meditate.

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

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

5. What does the narrator begin doing late one restless night in Chapter 5?
(a) He makes a map of the mine.
(b) He takes a long walk on the beach.
(c) He begins the writing of his manuscript.
(d) He begins a romance with Madame Hortense.

6. What does Zorba tell the narrator that God would rather him do?
(a) God would rather him visit the widow than go to church.
(b) God would rather him go to church than work at the mine.
(c) God would rather him work at the mine than attend a celebration.
(d) God would rather him celebrate Christmas than work on his writing.

7. In Chapter 3, what is the narrator reading when Zorba asks him to come in for lunch?
(a) Shakespeare.
(b) Virgil.
(c) The Bible.
(d) Dante.

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

9. Which of her lovers' names does Madame Hortense's parrot repeat?
(a) Nowacka.
(b) Canavaro.
(c) Johnson.
(d) Baudrillard.

10. While Zorba and the narrator are in the shop, who runs past the window?
(a) A beautiful widow.
(b) A juggler.
(c) A paper boy.
(d) A fellow miner.

11. What does Zorba think is the best way to run the mine?
(a) A voting system.
(b) Volunteer work.
(c) Cruel authority.
(d) Bonus awards.

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

13. What are the names of Zorba's two "half-honest" lovers?
(a) Madame Hortense and Anagnosti.
(b) Sophia and Cecilia.
(c) Sophinka and Noussa.
(d) Alexandra and Diana.

14. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?
(a) Dame Hortense.
(b) A strange woman walking on the beach.
(c) A young widowed mother.
(d) A nun.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens at the celebration in Chapter 5?

2. In a letter to his friend, what does the narrator say his friend inspired him to do?

3. Who does Zorba suggest that the narrator romantically pursue?

4. What does Zorba tell the narrator he should have done before going to bed the night before in chapter 4?

5. At the feast at Noussa's house, what does Zorba say happened after he gave the toast?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. What happens at the celebration in Chapter 5?

The castration of pigs.

2. In a letter to his friend, what does the narrator say his friend inspired him to do?

Pursue a life of physical action.

3. Who does Zorba suggest that the narrator romantically pursue?

The widow.

4. What does Zorba tell the narrator he should have done before going to bed the night before in chapter 4?

He says the narrator should have told Dame Hortense how beautiful she is.

5. At the feast at Noussa's house, what does Zorba say happened after he gave the toast?

An orgy.

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