Zorba the Greek Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Under what conditions does Zorba say that Noussa left him?
(a) She mysteriously vanished.
(b) She committed suicide.
(c) She eloped with a soldier.
(d) She went back to her home village to care for her sick mother.

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

4. How does Zorba describe God?
(a) He describes him as a crazier and wilder version of himself.
(b) He describes him as peaceful and quiet.
(c) He likens him to the mine.
(d) He describes him as "ether."

5. What does Zorba's gift prompt Madame Hortense to do?
(a) Leave the room.
(b) Profess her love for Zorba.
(c) Start crying.
(d) Talk about her love affairs.

6. What does the narrator request of Zorba when he remains in Candia for longer than expected?
(a) He requests that he return immediately.
(b) He requests that he double the supplies purchase.
(c) He asks that he bring food when he returns.
(d) He asks that he never return.

7. How does the narrator depict Madame Hortense?
(a) Witchy.
(b) Dangerous.
(c) As intensely beautiful.
(d) Comically and unattractively.

8. What does the narrator remember his grandfather doing?
(a) He had many lovers.
(b) He started a mining business.
(c) He demanded stories from his guests.
(d) He sailed around the world.

9. Who were Madame Hortense's four great loves?
(a) Four chefs from Italy, France, Spain, and Poland.
(b) Four thieves from Crete.
(c) Four admirals from England, France, Italy, Russia.
(d) Two pilots from America and two from Germany.

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

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

12. While Zorba is away, who invites the narrator to visit Africa?
(a) The narrator's older brother.
(b) His soldier friend.
(c) Zorba.
(d) Karayannis.

13. In Chapter 11, what does the narrator do when he sees the widow?
(a) Nothing. He is unable to approach her.
(b) He asks her to dinner.
(c) He strikes up a conversation about mining.
(d) He approaches her and kisses her hand.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the second person to offer the narrator and Zorba lodging in Crete?

2. What happens at the mine in Chapter 9?

3. Who takes charge when the work begins in the mine?

4. Why does Zorba tell the narrator not to preach equality of the sexes?

5. What act has Zorba performed that symbolizes the connection between freedom and manliness?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. Who is the second person to offer the narrator and Zorba lodging in Crete?

The village elder.

2. What happens at the mine in Chapter 9?

It collapses.

3. Who takes charge when the work begins in the mine?

Zorba.

4. Why does Zorba tell the narrator not to preach equality of the sexes?

He says it will disrupt the island's way of life without offering solutions for making it better.

5. What act has Zorba performed that symbolizes the connection between freedom and manliness?

He cut part of his finger off because it got in the way of his pottery.

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