Zorba the Greek Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the narrator remember his friend teasing him about?
(a) Having family from Italy.
(b) Renting a lignite mine.
(c) Being too short.
(d) Being a bookworm rather than an adventurer.

3. Why does Zorba tell the narrator not to preach equality of the sexes?
(a) He says that Anagnosti will kill him if he does.
(b) He says it will disrupt the island's way of life without offering solutions for making it better.
(c) He says that the people of Crete believe in equality of the sexes already.
(d) He says it is all lies anyway.

4. In Chapter 13, Zorba demonstrates his dedication to what?
(a) His immediate passions.
(b) His "honest" wife.
(c) The narrator.
(d) Madame Hortense.

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

6. What part of the narrator's friendship with his absent friend is he sad about?
(a) The two argued rather than expressing love.
(b) He thinks his friend will find a new best friend.
(c) He thinks his friend hates him.
(d) The two got into a fist fight before his friend left.

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

8. What does the narrator request of Zorba when he remains in Candia for longer than expected?
(a) He asks that he bring food when he returns.
(b) He requests that he double the supplies purchase.
(c) He requests that he return immediately.
(d) He asks that he never return.

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

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

11. How does Zorba describe God?
(a) He describes him as a crazier and wilder version of himself.
(b) He describes him as peaceful and quiet.
(c) He describes him as "ether."
(d) He likens him to the mine.

12. Who were Madame Hortense's four great loves?
(a) Four thieves from Crete.
(b) Four admirals from England, France, Italy, Russia.
(c) Four chefs from Italy, France, Spain, and Poland.
(d) Two pilots from America and two from Germany.

13. Which of her lovers' names does Madame Hortense's parrot repeat?
(a) Nowacka.
(b) Baudrillard.
(c) Canavaro.
(d) Johnson.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator mostly do while Zorba works in the mine?

2. What or who does the narrator's long-time friend live for?

3. Who do Zorba and the narrator stay with on their first night on the island?

4. What is the primary message in the book that the narrator is reading?

5. What does the narrator decide about the poetry he has always loved?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. What does the narrator mostly do while Zorba works in the mine?

He works on his writing.

2. What or who does the narrator's long-time friend live for?

Mankind.

3. Who do Zorba and the narrator stay with on their first night on the island?

Dame Hortense.

4. What is the primary message in the book that the narrator is reading?

It emphasizes the virtue of possessing nothing.

5. What does the narrator decide about the poetry he has always loved?

It is worthless and does not relate to the true human experience.

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