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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. Who takes charge when the work begins in the mine?
(a) The narrator.
(b) A soldier.
(c) The narrator's grandfather.
(d) Zorba.

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

3. What does Zorba consider the act of dancing to be?
(a) Sexual.
(b) Entertainment.
(c) Competition.
(d) Communication.

4. 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 asks that he never return.
(c) He requests that he double the supplies purchase.
(d) He requests that he return immediately.

5. What makes the narrator want the widow even more?
(a) He has a brush with death.
(b) He gets a letter from a family member.
(c) He learns to mine.
(d) He reads a love story.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator remember his grandfather doing?

2. What does Zorba's gift prompt Madame Hortense to do?

3. What are Zorba's beliefs about the existence of God?

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

5. Who does the narrator hire to help him mine lignite on the island?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the narrator's counter argument to Zorba's connection between manliness and freedom regarding his missing finger?

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

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

4. What does Zorba's version of God look like?

5. Why is the narrator going to Crete?

6. Do you think Zorba's description of dance as a language is accurate? In other words, does the narrator understand what Zorba means by his erratic dancing?

7. Describe the narrator's memory of his old friend while on their visit to the museum.

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

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

10. When the narrator makes an attempt to get to know some of the mine workers, he begins to discuss socialism with them. Zorba does not like this. What are his reasons?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. A
3. D
4. D
5. A

Short Answer Key

1. What does the narrator remember his grandfather doing?

He demanded stories from his guests.

2. What does Zorba's gift prompt Madame Hortense to do?

Talk about her love affairs.

3. What are Zorba's beliefs about the existence of God?

He does not personally believe in God but believes religion is essential to civilization.

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

Dame Hortense.

5. Who does the narrator hire to help him mine lignite on the island?

Zorba.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. Describe the narrator's counter argument to Zorba's connection between manliness and freedom regarding his missing finger?

The narrator argues that although such passions are admirable, they could also possibly lead to the desire to remove more crucial body parts. He suggests that Zorba might eventually want to remove his sexual organs, which would have a much more life-altering and drastic result.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. What does Zorba's version of God look like?

Zorba claims to be an atheist, but he does tell the narrator that God is likely a more outrageous version of himself for whom forgiveness is not difficult, and who does not want to be worshiped.

5. 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.

6. Do you think Zorba's description of dance as a language is accurate? In other words, does the narrator understand what Zorba means by his erratic dancing?

Zorba says that he had so much joy that he had to let it out somehow and dancing was the best way to let the explosion loose. The dancing reminds the narrator of a story he made up about how his grandfather died. He told friends that the old man bounced on rubber shoes until he disappeared into the clouds. This does exhibit some understanding. The narrator associates the dancing with a great release of energy although he cannot clearly name it.

7. Describe the narrator's memory of his old friend while on their visit to the museum.

The narrator's old friend told him of his love for a painting by Rembrandt; a painting he says he will owe his greatest accomplishments to. As they are leaving the museum, they see a bird land on a statue of an Amazon and begin singing. The narrator asks what it might mean, and the friend recites a few lines that encourage the narrator not to bother himself with such thoughts.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. When the narrator makes an attempt to get to know some of the mine workers, he begins to discuss socialism with them. Zorba does not like this. What are his reasons?

Zorba believes that supervising a workforce requires complete authority. He thinks it's better if they believe they have fewer rights and that workers who feel like they are equal to their bosses will eventually take rights away from their bosses.

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