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

2. How does Zorba believe a man should treat a woman?
(a) He should cook and clean for her.
(b) He should lie to her about his other lovers.
(c) He should tell her she's beautiful no matter what.
(d) He should only spend time with her if he wants to marry her.

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

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

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

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

7. How does Zorba treat women for the most part?
(a) He belittles them in public.
(b) He acts as a servant to them.
(c) He is physically abusive.
(d) He is mostly very kind.

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

9. Who reports that a widow has lost her sheep and is offering a reward for it?
(a) Zorba.
(b) Mimiko.
(c) Anagnosti.
(d) Manolakus.

10. What is the ultimate physical experience for Zorba?
(a) Going to war.
(b) Sex.
(c) Mining.
(d) Playing a musical instrument.

11. How many places does Zorba set the dinner table for on their first night on Crete?
(a) 2
(b) 1
(c) 4
(d) 3

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

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

14. Why does Zorba say he removed the body part?
(a) It was too big.
(b) It got in the way of his pottery.
(c) It hurt constantly.
(d) It was strangely colored.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Zorba meet while in Candia?

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

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

4. What is the primary message in the book that the narrator is reading?

5. How does Zorba feel about women?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. Who does Zorba meet while in Candia?

A young woman.

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

He realizes he's aging.

3. 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.

4. What is the primary message in the book that the narrator is reading?

It emphasizes the virtue of possessing nothing.

5. How does Zorba feel about women?

He does not take them seriously but enjoys them physically.

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