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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. What body part is Zorba missing a part of?
(a) Toe.
(b) Ear.
(c) Finger.
(d) Arm.

2. How does Zorba live his life?
(a) He moves about suspecting that everyone wants to hurt him.
(b) He lives like every day is his last.
(c) He trusts that other people will show him how to live.
(d) He reads books that instruct him how to live.

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

4. With whom do the narrator and Zorba enjoy Christmas Eve dinner?
(a) Mimiko.
(b) Buddha.
(c) The widow.
(d) Madame Hortense.

5. Why does the narrator say that the sexual organs may get in the way of freedom?
(a) He says that the need to have children keeps people from living full lives.
(b) He says that being promiscuous can keep a man from going to heaven.
(c) He says that sexual thoughts can keep a person from being productive.
(d) He says that clothing that doesn't fit correctly restricts freedom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What incident on the beach mellows the narrator's restlessness?

2. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

3. What does Zorba indicate would be the worst thing the narrator could do to Anagnosti?

4. Which of her lovers' names does Madame Hortense's parrot repeat?

5. What happens at the mine in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Zorba's categories of marriage and how many of each he's experienced.

2. What kinds of responsibilities does Zorba take on at the initiation of his friendship with the narrator.

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

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

5. What does Karayannis's letter from Africa remind the narrator that he has always wanted to do?

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

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

8. What does Zorba do while in Candia?

9. 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?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. C
2. B
3. C
4. D
5. B

Short Answer Key

1. What incident on the beach mellows the narrator's restlessness?

He accidentally kills a butterfly.

2. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?

Dame Hortense.

3. What does Zorba indicate would be the worst thing the narrator could do to Anagnosti?

Cast down his religion.

4. Which of her lovers' names does Madame Hortense's parrot repeat?

Canavaro.

5. What happens at the mine in Chapter 9?

It collapses.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. Describe Zorba's categories of marriage and how many of each he's experienced.

Zorba says he's been married "honestly," "half-honestly," and "dishonestly." He says that he's been married "honestly" or legally only once. He says that he's been "half-honestly" married, or in relationships similar to marriage that were not made formal and legal with a wedding, two times. He says that he's been "dishonestly" married a thousand times, and by this he is referring to every sexual encounter he's ever had.

2. What kinds of responsibilities does Zorba take on at the initiation of his friendship with the narrator.

Zorba agrees to act as foreman of the lignite mine. He also promises to cook the narrator soup and play him music on his santuri.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. What does Karayannis's letter from Africa remind the narrator that he has always wanted to do?

He has a desire to see and touch as much of the world as he possibly can before he dies.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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