Zorba the Greek Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the ultimate physical experience for Zorba?
(a) Sex.
(b) Playing a musical instrument.
(c) Going to war.
(d) Mining.

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

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

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

6. When the narrator meets some young women on his first day in Crete, how do the girls respond?
(a) Fearfully.
(b) With hatred.
(c) Joyfully.
(d) With ridicule.

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

8. Why does the narrator say that the sexual organs may get in the way of freedom?
(a) He says that being promiscuous can keep a man from going to heaven.
(b) He says that the need to have children keeps people from living full lives.
(c) He says that sexual thoughts can keep a person from being productive.
(d) He says that clothing that doesn't fit correctly restricts freedom.

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

10. What does Zorba indicate would be the worst thing the narrator could do to Anagnosti?
(a) Kill his children.
(b) Hire him at the mine.
(c) Cast down his religion.
(d) Leave his celebration.

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

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

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

14. How does the narrator end the letter to his friend in Chapter 8?
(a) He tells him that he wishes he too were at war.
(b) He suggests they not see one another again.
(c) He tells him that he has love for him.
(d) He reveals his plans for the mine.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Zorba offer to take the place of in Madame Hortense's world?

2. Why does Zorba say he removed the body part?

3. Who does Zorba suggest that the narrator romantically pursue?

4. What is the name of the new friend the narrator makes at the beginning of the novel?

5. How does Zorba treat women for the most part?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. Who does Zorba offer to take the place of in Madame Hortense's world?

Canavaro.

2. Why does Zorba say he removed the body part?

It got in the way of his pottery.

3. Who does Zorba suggest that the narrator romantically pursue?

The widow.

4. What is the name of the new friend the narrator makes at the beginning of the novel?

Zorba.

5. How does Zorba treat women for the most part?

He is mostly very kind.

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