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

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

3. 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 believes they are intellectually superior to men.
(d) He does not take them seriously but enjoys them physically.

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

5. What does the narrator begin doing late one restless night in Chapter 5?
(a) He makes a map of the mine.
(b) He takes a long walk on the beach.
(c) He begins a romance with Madame Hortense.
(d) He begins the writing of his manuscript.

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

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

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

9. What is one of the narrator's goals at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) He wants to improve his vocabulary.
(b) He wants to learn to meditate.
(c) He wants to grow his hair long.
(d) He wants to forget about Buddha.

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

11. What happens at the celebration in Chapter 5?
(a) The castration of pigs.
(b) The eating of elaborate cakes.
(c) Several marriage ceremonies.
(d) The slaughter of sheep.

12. How does Zorba treat women for the most part?
(a) He is mostly very kind.
(b) He acts as a servant to them.
(c) He is physically abusive.
(d) He belittles them in public.

13. Why does the narrator say that the sexual organs may get in the way of freedom?
(a) He says that clothing that doesn't fit correctly restricts freedom.
(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 being promiscuous can keep a man from going to heaven.

14. To whom does the narrator's soldier friend say his greatest actions will be owed credit?
(a) His father.
(b) Sampson from the Bible.
(c) Rembrandt's "Warrior."
(d) The narrator.

15. Who does Zorba blame for Madame Hortense's promiscuity?
(a) Her father.
(b) God.
(c) Her mother.
(d) A priest.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 11, what does the narrator do when he sees the widow?

2. Zorba tells the narrator stories about the island. What kind of events does he describe?

3. While Zorba is away, who invites the narrator to visit Africa?

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

5. What does Zorba do when he hears his boss talking to the workmen?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. In Chapter 11, what does the narrator do when he sees the widow?

Nothing. He is unable to approach her.

2. Zorba tells the narrator stories about the island. What kind of events does he describe?

Wars and revolutions.

3. While Zorba is away, who invites the narrator to visit Africa?

Karayannis.

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

The temptation of Buddha by the Evil One.

5. What does Zorba do when he hears his boss talking to the workmen?

He throws his boss out of the mine.

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