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

2. Under what conditions does Zorba say that Noussa left him?
(a) She mysteriously vanished.
(b) She committed suicide.
(c) She eloped with a soldier.
(d) She went back to her home village to care for her sick mother.

3. What does Zorba tell the narrator he should have done before going to bed the night before in chapter 4?
(a) He tells him he should have cleaned the house.
(b) He says the narrator should have told Dame Hortense how beautiful she is.
(c) He tells the narrator that he should have made some work notes for the following day.
(d) Zorba tells him that he should have meditated.

4. Where is the narrator sitting and thinking at the beginning of the story?
(a) At work.
(b) In a bar.
(c) On the beach.
(d) In his bedroom.

5. What is Zorba's response when the narrator asks him how many times he has been married?
(a) Three times.
(b) Once honestly and twice half-honestly.
(c) Four times.
(d) Twice honestly and once half-honestly.

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

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

8. With what does the narrator begin to equate Buddha?
(a) A new, evolved civilization.
(b) Successful mining operations.
(c) The onset of true peace.
(d) The Void and the end of civilization.

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

10. What has historically impacted Crete and the Cretan people more than anything else?
(a) Wars.
(b) Carnivals.
(c) Religious ceremonies.
(d) Movie theaters.

11. Who does the narrator receive letters from in Chapter 12?
(a) Karayannis and his father.
(b) Karayannis and Zorba.
(c) His old friend and Karayannis.
(d) His mother and his old friend.

12. With whom do the narrator and Zorba enjoy Christmas Eve dinner?
(a) Madame Hortense.
(b) The widow.
(c) Mimiko.
(d) Buddha.

13. What or who does the narrator's long-time friend live for?
(a) The narrator.
(b) Mankind.
(c) Women.
(d) God.

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

15. What does Zorba say that his 80 year-old grandmother wanted?
(a) She wanted to travel to Crete.
(b) She wanted the wars to end.
(c) She wanted to be serenaded.
(d) She wanted a young husband.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Zorba describe God?

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

3. Although the narrator remains unnamed, what does Zorba call the narrator?

4. What does the narrator do when Zorba displays frustration with the miners?

5. How does Zorba live his life?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. How does Zorba describe God?

He describes him as a crazier and wilder version of himself.

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

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

3. Although the narrator remains unnamed, what does Zorba call the narrator?

Boss.

4. What does the narrator do when Zorba displays frustration with the miners?

He calls a lunch break.

5. How does Zorba live his life?

He lives like every day is his last.

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