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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator mostly do while Zorba works in the mine?
(a) He works on his writing.
(b) He romances Madame Hortense.
(c) He also works in the mine.
(d) He swims in the ocean.

2. What part of the narrator's friendship with his absent friend is he sad about?
(a) The two got into a fist fight before his friend left.
(b) The two argued rather than expressing love.
(c) He thinks his friend will find a new best friend.
(d) He thinks his friend hates him.

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

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

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

6. What does the narrator do on his first morning in Crete?
(a) He reads the Bible.
(b) He takes a stroll through the countryside.
(c) He discusses his plans for the mine with Zorba.
(d) He goes to the market.

7. What exclamation does the first chapter conclude with?
(a) "Heaven and Hell!"
(b) "God and the Devil!"
(c) "Jesus and Satan!"
(d) "Monks and Demons!"

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

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

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

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

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

13. When Zorba and the narrator refuse Mavrandoni's offer of hospitality, what does he say about them?
(a) He says that he thinks they must be very hungry.
(b) He calls Madame Hortense mean names.
(c) He says they are ungrateful.
(d) He says they are free to choose.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What story does Anagnosti tell at the celebration?

2. How does Zorba believe a man should treat a woman?

3. In which category does Zorba think his boss strives for with his food?

4. What does Zorba tell the narrator that God would rather him do?

5. With whom do the narrator and Zorba enjoy Christmas Eve dinner?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. What story does Anagnosti tell at the celebration?

The tale of his birth.

2. How does Zorba believe a man should treat a woman?

He should tell her she's beautiful no matter what.

3. In which category does Zorba think his boss strives for with his food?

God.

4. What does Zorba tell the narrator that God would rather him do?

God would rather him visit the widow than go to church.

5. With whom do the narrator and Zorba enjoy Christmas Eve dinner?

Madame Hortense.

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