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 Zorba mean when he describes being married "dishonestly"?
(a) Sexual relationships that later lead to marriage.
(b) Any sexual adventure.
(c) Marrying an Italian woman.
(d) Being married to two women at the same time.

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

3. The narrator warn Zorba that such passions may lead to the removal of what body part?
(a) The achilles.
(b) The ears.
(c) The brain.
(d) The sexual organs.

4. In a letter to the narrator, Zorba indicates that he has a devil living inside of him who is like Zorba in every way except what?
(a) It refuses to grow old.
(b) It loves philosophy.
(c) It does not like romance.
(d) It has warts.

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

6. What makes the narrator want the widow even more?
(a) He learns to mine.
(b) He has a brush with death.
(c) He reads a love story.
(d) He gets a letter from a family member.

7. Why does Zorba watch the widow's home?
(a) He wants to protect her from Mimiko.
(b) He wants to make sure the narrator is not sneaking into her house.
(c) He wants to make sure she is not going to bed alone.
(d) He wants to steal from her.

8. What reason does the narrator give in his argument that Zorba should not pressure him to visit the widow?
(a) Acting impulsively is against his nature.
(b) Acting impulsively is his nature and he's trying to change.
(c) He doesn't want to hurt the widow's feelings.
(d) He needs to stay focused on his writing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 3, what is the narrator reading when Zorba asks him to come in for lunch?

2. How does Zorba describe God?

3. With what does the narrator compare his lustful feelings for the widow to?

4. What does Zorba say that his 80 year-old grandmother wanted?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. In Chapter 3, what is the narrator reading when Zorba asks him to come in for lunch?

Dante.

2. How does Zorba describe God?

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

3. With what does the narrator compare his lustful feelings for the widow to?

The temptation of Buddha by the Evil One.

4. What does Zorba say that his 80 year-old grandmother wanted?

She wanted to be serenaded.

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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