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 painting does Zorba present to Madame Hortense?
(a) A portrait of the two of them in a garden.
(b) A portrait of the two of them in front of a castle.
(c) A painting of her as a siren leading battleships.
(d) A painting of her as a goddess.

2. In Chapter 3, what is the narrator reading when Zorba asks him to come in for lunch?
(a) Virgil.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) The Bible.
(d) Dante.

3. Zorba tells the story of an old man who will what?
(a) Never leave Crete.
(b) Never die.
(c) Cook a delicious soup.
(d) Play a musical instrument when happy.

4. What is the name of the new friend the narrator makes at the beginning of the novel?
(a) Santuri.
(b) The Devil.
(c) Crete.
(d) Zorba.

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. What are Zorba's beliefs about the existence of God?
(a) He believes in a higher power but not in religion.
(b) He is a Christian.
(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.

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

11. What is the narrator's second goal at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) He wants to become an excellent cook.
(b) He wants to learn to play a musical instrument.
(c) He wants to find a lover.
(d) He wants to be more grounded in the physical world of men.

12. What incident on the beach mellows the narrator's restlessness?
(a) He sees a shooting star.
(b) He hears strange music.
(c) A horse and rider pass by.
(d) He accidentally kills a butterfly.

13. In regards to food, what three categories does Zorba say that the three different types of men turn their food into?
(a) Fear, love, and God.
(b) Love and kindness, manure and energy, and gluttony.
(c) Sex, work, and fat.
(d) Fat and manure, work and good humor, and God.

14. In Chapter 4, what does the narrator do when he first awakens?
(a) Goes straight to work.
(b) Smokes a pipe.
(c) Goes jogging.
(d) Has coffee with Zorba.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Zorba tell the narrator he should have done before going to bed the night before in chapter 4?

2. What does the narrator remember his grandfather doing?

3. What happens at the celebration in Chapter 5?

4. What or who does Zorba live for?

5. What does Zorba promise the narrator upon the initiation of their friendship?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. What does Zorba tell the narrator he should have done before going to bed the night before in chapter 4?

He says the narrator should have told Dame Hortense how beautiful she is.

2. What does the narrator remember his grandfather doing?

He demanded stories from his guests.

3. What happens at the celebration in Chapter 5?

The castration of pigs.

4. What or who does Zorba live for?

Man as individual.

5. What does Zorba promise the narrator upon the initiation of their friendship?

He promises to cook him soup and play him music.

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