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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. With what does the narrator compare his lustful feelings for the widow to?
(a) Not ever finding any lignite in the mine.
(b) The temptation of Buddha by the Evil One.
(c) The widow's garden.
(d) Walking on the beach at night.

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

3. In Chapter 3, what is the narrator reading when Zorba asks him to come in for lunch?
(a) The Bible.
(b) Virgil.
(c) Shakespeare.
(d) Dante.

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

5. Zorba tells the narrator stories about the island. What kind of events does he describe?
(a) Feasts and birthdays.
(b) Carnivals and circuses.
(c) Rape and thievery.
(d) Wars and revolutions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens at the mine in Chapter 9?

2. What does Zorba consider the act of dancing to be?

3. In which category does Zorba think his boss strives for with his food?

4. What does the narrator do on his first morning in Crete?

5. Why does Zorba begin to feel restless and depressed while in Candia?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the incident that prompted the monastery icon's name to be changed from Our Lady of Mercy to Our Lady of Revenge.

2. Why does Zaharia say he became a monk?

3. What reasons does Zorba give in Chapter 9 for so intensely wanting the narrator to go and sleep with the widow?

4. What does the narrator succeed in doing in Chapter 21 that Zorba could not?

5. How are Zorba's final moments described?

6. When Zorba encourages the narrator to be more like he is and pursue the widow, how does this contradict Zorba's other advice?

7. When Zorba tells the story of the old man who will never die, what does this show about his own and the narrator's perspectives on life and death?

8. In Chapter 3, how are the relationships between men and women on Crete exhibited?

9. How does the narrator try to get the widow out of his mind at the beginning of Chapter 10?

10. What significance does the fact that Madame Hortense is a widow have toward the theme of manliness?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. B
2. B
3. D
4. B
5. D
    

Short Answer Key

1. What happens at the mine in Chapter 9?

It collapses.

2. What does Zorba consider the act of dancing to be?

Communication.

3. In which category does Zorba think his boss strives for with his food?

God.

4. What does the narrator do on his first morning in Crete?

He takes a stroll through the countryside.

5. Why does Zorba begin to feel restless and depressed while in Candia?

He realizes he's aging.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. Describe the incident that prompted the monastery icon's name to be changed from Our Lady of Mercy to Our Lady of Revenge.

In ancient times Algerians raided and set fire to the monastery. When they passed by the statue, it is said that she came to life, leaped down, and began stabbing the warriors with her spear until she had killed them all.

2. Why does Zaharia say he became a monk?

He says poverty led him to become a monk. He was hungry and knew that if he went into the monastery there would be no way he could starve.

3. What reasons does Zorba give in Chapter 9 for so intensely wanting the narrator to go and sleep with the widow?

He says that women need men to sleep with them and protect them; that it is a part of a greater plan. He says she will be ruined if a man does not go and sleep with her. He also says that not taking the opportunity to sleep with her is one sin that God will not forgive.

4. What does the narrator succeed in doing in Chapter 21 that Zorba could not?

The narrator recognizes that Madame Hortense is seriously ill and takes care of her both mentally and physically. He mentally encourages her by reminding her of her wedding while physically bringing a doctor to attend to her. He uses Zorba's romantic speech tricks while conscientiously attending to her health as well. Zorba, on the other hand, is a successful romantic but not a responsible partner.

5. How are Zorba's final moments described?

Zorba dies howling and laughing like an animal.

6. When Zorba encourages the narrator to be more like he is and pursue the widow, how does this contradict Zorba's other advice?

Previously, Zorba told a parable about a crow who tries to walk like a pigeon, reinforcing his idea that one must remain true to his true and individual identity. Zorba's disappointment with the narrator when he is unable to be the man of sensuality that Zorba is, contradicts this parable to some extent.

7. When Zorba tells the story of the old man who will never die, what does this show about his own and the narrator's perspectives on life and death?

Neither the narrator nor Zorba come to a conclusion about how one should live one's life. Zorba clearly lives as though each day is his last, in opposition to the old man in his story. The narrator is uncertain and contemplative about life and death and seems to change his mind slightly as he is influenced by different thinking.

8. In Chapter 3, how are the relationships between men and women on Crete exhibited?

In the beginning of the chapter, the narrator's encounter with the young women in the country exhibits the historical impact of war and violence on the male/female relationship. They are immediately frightened of him as a stranger, and so their encounter is stunted. Mavrandoni's offer to let the men stay in his house to avoid the scandal of staying with a woman also exhibits a level of division and acceptable interaction between men and women.

9. How does the narrator try to get the widow out of his mind at the beginning of Chapter 10?

The narrator views the widow as a temptation of the Evil One and focuses on writing his Buddha Manuscript in order to exorcise her image and the lust he feels for her from his mind. To him, his writing is comparable to the force of savages facing beasts with their spears.

10. What significance does the fact that Madame Hortense is a widow have toward the theme of manliness?

Madame Hortense is a character on whom Zorba and the narrator choose instantly to rely upon for shelter. The fact that she is completely devoid of Zorba's "manliness" (as a widowed woman) and has outlived her four great lovers, admirals who could be classified as the most manly of all men, speaks to a contrasting energy of freedom neither articulated by the narrator nor by Zorba.

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