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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In a letter to his friend, what does the narrator say his friend inspired him to do?
(a) Get married.
(b) Go to university.
(c) Join a circus.
(d) Pursue a life of physical action.

2. What does the narrator decide about the poetry he has always loved?
(a) It should be banned and removed from all libraries.
(b) It is worthless and does not relate to the true human experience.
(c) It helped him get through his youth but is of little value now.
(d) It is a foundational part of his sophisticated world view.

3. What are Zorba's beliefs about the existence of God?
(a) He is a Christian.
(b) He believes in a higher power but not in religion.
(c) He does not personally believe in God but believes religion is essential to civilization.
(d) He looks to Anagnosti for all of his religious questions and shares his beliefs.

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

5. Who is the second person to offer the narrator and Zorba lodging in Crete?
(a) The pharmacist.
(b) The local baker.
(c) The village elder.
(d) The monks.

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

7. What happens at the celebration in Chapter 5?
(a) The castration of pigs.
(b) Several marriage ceremonies.
(c) The eating of elaborate cakes.
(d) The slaughter of sheep.

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

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

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

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

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

13. What happens to Zorba that he believes to be a terrible omen?
(a) He falls in love with a woman.
(b) He loses his job at the mine.
(c) A priest crosses his path.
(d) He grows interested in philosophy.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the names of Zorba's two "half-honest" lovers?

2. Zorba tells the story of an old man who will what?

3. What or who does the narrator live for?

4. What makes the narrator want the widow even more?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. What are the names of Zorba's two "half-honest" lovers?

Sophinka and Noussa.

2. Zorba tells the story of an old man who will what?

Never die.

3. What or who does the narrator live for?

God.

4. What makes the narrator want the widow even more?

He has a brush with death.

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

Zorba.

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