Zorba the Greek Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What happens at the mine in Chapter 9?
(a) Five men suffocate to death.
(b) A baby is abandoned there.
(c) They find record amounts of lignite.
(d) It collapses.

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

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

5. Who does Zorba suggest that the narrator romantically pursue?
(a) The long lost love of his life.
(b) The widow.
(c) Noussa.
(d) Madame Hortense.

6. How does Zorba feel about women?
(a) He feels closer to them than he does to men.
(b) He doesn't speak to them but looks constantly for a wife.
(c) He believes they are intellectually superior to men.
(d) He does not take them seriously but enjoys them physically.

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

8. 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 tells him that he wishes he too were at war.
(d) He reveals his plans for the mine.

9. In which category does Zorba think his boss strives for with his food?
(a) Work.
(b) God.
(c) Fat and manure.
(d) Love and kindness.

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

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

12. What does the narrator's manuscript become for him?
(a) A guideline for feeling comfortable in the Void.
(b) A blueprint for redesigning the mine.
(c) A war-like attempt to completely remove the prophet from his soul.
(d) A meditation on finding true peace.

13. How does Zorba live his life?
(a) He trusts that other people will show him how to live.
(b) He reads books that instruct him how to live.
(c) He moves about suspecting that everyone wants to hurt him.
(d) He lives like every day is his last.

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

15. What reason does the narrator give in his argument that Zorba should not pressure him to visit the widow?
(a) He doesn't want to hurt the widow's feelings.
(b) Acting impulsively is his nature and he's trying to change.
(c) Acting impulsively is against his nature.
(d) He needs to stay focused on his writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

2. When the narrator meets some young women on his first day in Crete, how do the girls respond?

3. In Chapter 13, Zorba demonstrates his dedication to what?

4. What body part is Zorba missing a part of?

5. Zorba tells the narrator stories about the island. What kind of events does he describe?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

Dame Hortense.

2. When the narrator meets some young women on his first day in Crete, how do the girls respond?

Fearfully.

3. In Chapter 13, Zorba demonstrates his dedication to what?

His immediate passions.

4. What body part is Zorba missing a part of?

Finger.

5. Zorba tells the narrator stories about the island. What kind of events does he describe?

Wars and revolutions.

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