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

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

3. What act has Zorba performed that symbolizes the connection between freedom and manliness?
(a) He carried everyone's bags onto the ship.
(b) He brutally killed hundreds of people in the revolution.
(c) He cut part of his finger off because it got in the way of his pottery.
(d) He cut part of his ear off because it was larger than the other.

4. What reason does Zorba give for having attacked his old boss?
(a) He says the man tried to assault him first.
(b) He claims the man kissed his girlfriend.
(c) He offers no excuse or reason.
(d) He says the man cheated him.

5. What or who does Zorba live for?
(a) God.
(b) Mining.
(c) Man as individual.
(d) Mankind.

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

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

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

9. In which category does Zorba think his boss strives for with his food?
(a) Love and kindness.
(b) Work.
(c) Fat and manure.
(d) God.

10. What does the narrator do when Zorba displays frustration with the miners?
(a) He fires several miners.
(b) He calls a lunch break.
(c) He leaves the mine without speaking.
(d) He fires Zorba.

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

12. Who does Zorba meet while in Candia?
(a) His former best friend.
(b) A young woman.
(c) His long lost brother.
(d) His ex-wife.

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

14. What does Zorba do when he hears his boss talking to the workmen?
(a) He asks his boss to record the men's work hours.
(b) He throws his boss out of the mine.
(c) He tells his boss that they are lazy.
(d) He asks his boss to get them lunch.

15. How did Zorba temporarily keep track of his sexual relationships?
(a) He asked his mother to remember his list of lovers.
(b) He recorded the names of the women in a small book.
(c) He carved notches in the side of a boat.
(d) He cut off a lock of each lover's hair.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Why does Zorba suggest that the narrator should burn his library?

4. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

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

Short Answer Key

1. 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?

It refuses to grow old.

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

Dame Hortense.

3. Why does Zorba suggest that the narrator should burn his library?

Because his books don't celebrate nature enough.

4. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

Dame Hortense.

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

The widow.

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