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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does Zorba begin to feel restless and depressed while in Candia?
(a) He has suddenly become afraid of mining.
(b) He is going to be a father.
(c) He realizes he's aging.
(d) He has fallen in love.

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 ear off because it was larger than the other.
(d) He cut part of his finger off because it got in the way of his pottery.

4. What painting does Zorba present to Madame Hortense?
(a) A painting of her as a goddess.
(b) A portrait of the two of them in a garden.
(c) A painting of her as a siren leading battleships.
(d) A portrait of the two of them in front of a castle.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What reason does Zorba give for having attacked his old boss?

3. Although the narrator remains unnamed, what does Zorba call the narrator?

4. Why does Zorba watch the widow's home?

5. What does the narrator request of Zorba when he remains in Candia for longer than expected?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Zorba's version of the devil living inside him compare to Zorba himself?

2. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

3. What two major shifts happen to the narrator in Chapter 21? What major realization do these shifts spur in the narrator.

4. Why is the narrator going to Crete?

5. How are Zorba's final moments described?

6. What was Zaharia's inspiration for burning down the monastery?

7. What does Zorba do while in Candia?

8. How does the narrator's memory of the butterfly impact his feelings about approaching the widow?

9. Describe the painting that Zorba presents to Madame Hortense.

10. Describe what happened while Zorba was at war that changed his mind about judging a person based on nationality.

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. C
2. C
3. D
4. C
5. B
    

Short Answer Key

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

Karayannis.

2. What reason does Zorba give for having attacked his old boss?

He offers no excuse or reason.

3. Although the narrator remains unnamed, what does Zorba call the narrator?

Boss.

4. Why does Zorba watch the widow's home?

He wants to make sure she is not going to bed alone.

5. What does the narrator request of Zorba when he remains in Candia for longer than expected?

He requests that he return immediately.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. How does Zorba's version of the devil living inside him compare to Zorba himself?

Zorba says that the devil is a mirror image of himself. The only difference is that the devil refuses to grow old. He also wears a red carnation behind his ear.

2. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

Madame Hortense thinks Zorba will make a useful husband but does not think much of him above and beyond that role. She wishes also that he were as exciting and accomplished as her former lovers.

3. What two major shifts happen to the narrator in Chapter 21? What major realization do these shifts spur in the narrator.

The narrator finally sleeps with the widow, which Zorba has been encouraging him to do for some time. The narrator also finishes the Buddha Manuscript and with it, has the realization that he has exorcised the Buddha from himself. These two shifts make it clear to the narrator that "the soul is flesh as well," or in other words the actions of his body are just as important and spiritual as the meditating and thinking to which he is accustomed.

4. Why is the narrator going to Crete?

The narrator is curious about the adventurous life his friend preached to him. He is going to Crete to experiment with such a life by renting a lignite mine and thus engaging more with the physical world. His overall goal in these actions is to find freedom through a marriage of the mind and body.

5. How are Zorba's final moments described?

Zorba dies howling and laughing like an animal.

6. What was Zaharia's inspiration for burning down the monastery?

He says he was acting on a mission assigned to him by Archangel Michael. He acted, however, based on the knowledge he received from Zorba.

7. What does Zorba do while in Candia?

He meets a young girl with whom he has an affair. He also spends all of the boss's money.

8. How does the narrator's memory of the butterfly impact his feelings about approaching the widow?

The narrator had attempted to help the butterfly emerge from the cocoon by blowing warm air on it. Doing this made the butterfly emerge too quickly and die. The narrator realizes while meditating on this memory, that an individual must "confidently obey the eternal rhythm." He knows, in turn, that he can't speed his relationship with the widow and must let it unfold naturally.

9. Describe the painting that Zorba presents to Madame Hortense.

The painting has four huge battleships on it in red, gold, gray, and black, each with a flag from one of four countries: England, France, Italy, and Russia. Leading the battleship as a siren was Madame Hortense, naked with a yellow ribbon around her neck and holding four strings attached to the ships.

10. Describe what happened while Zorba was at war that changed his mind about judging a person based on nationality.

While at war, Zorba murdered a Bulgarian priest who had been invading Greek villages and killing Greeks. Later, when Zorba sees the orphans of the priest, he realizes that nationality doesn't matter. Rather, "good" and "bad" are the only important classifications to consider.

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