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

2. Although the narrator remains unnamed, what does Zorba call the narrator?
(a) Captain.
(b) Boss.
(c) Bro.
(d) Sir.

3. Under what conditions does Zorba say that Noussa left him?
(a) She mysteriously vanished.
(b) She went back to her home village to care for her sick mother.
(c) She eloped with a soldier.
(d) She committed suicide.

4. With whom does Zorba begin a romance?
(a) Dame Hortense.
(b) A strange woman walking on the beach.
(c) A young widowed mother.
(d) A nun.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Zorba meet while in Candia?

2. In Chapter 3, what is the narrator reading when Zorba asks him to come in for lunch?

3. What does Zorba say that his 80 year-old grandmother wanted?

4. In Chapter 13, Zorba demonstrates his dedication to what?

5. Who does Zorba blame for Madame Hortense's promiscuity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Zorba's account of God's creation of woman?

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

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

4. When the narrator observes Zorba's ease with problem solving in Chapter 5, what figures come into his mind?

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

6. What feelings does Zorba express about religion?

7. 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?

8. Describe the first time that the narrator sees the widow.

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

10. How does the fact that Zorba is missing half of his finger relate to his connection between manliness and freedom?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. B
3. C
4. A
5. C

Short Answer Key

1. Who does Zorba meet while in Candia?

A young woman.

2. In Chapter 3, what is the narrator reading when Zorba asks him to come in for lunch?

Dante.

3. What does Zorba say that his 80 year-old grandmother wanted?

She wanted to be serenaded.

4. In Chapter 13, Zorba demonstrates his dedication to what?

His immediate passions.

5. Who does Zorba blame for Madame Hortense's promiscuity?

God.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. What is Zorba's account of God's creation of woman?

Zorba says that when God removed the rib from Adam, the devil turned into a snake and snatched the rib and ran off with it. God then chased the devil and caught him, but the devil ultimately got away while God was left holding only his horns. God then made woman out of the devil's horns rather than the rib of Adam.

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. 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.

4. When the narrator observes Zorba's ease with problem solving in Chapter 5, what figures come into his mind?

The narrator realizes that Zorba's mind is not stressed with education and that his problem solving is a result of his connection with the physical world. He compares Zorba to Alexander the Great cutting through the Gordian knot with his sword. His notes that it is difficult to miss with feet planted firmly and held by the weight of the entire body. This leads him to compare Zorba to the serpent worshiped by Africans. He notes that anything so connected with and touching the earth constantly must be superior in its understanding of the earth's workings.

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 feelings does Zorba express about religion?

Zorba claims to be an atheist. However, when it comes to the other villagers, Zorba believes that religion is not only important but is the center of their way of life. He warns the narrator that speaking against religion to the villagers is not wise as it is better for them than having no organized structure at all.

7. 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.

8. Describe the first time that the narrator sees the widow.

The narrator and Zorba duck into a cafe in the middle of a rainstorm, and from here, they see the widow run past the window. The narrator immediately finds her beautiful, although there are a variety of responses to her presence, not all of them positive. Soon after, Mimiko enters and reports that the widow has lost her sheep and offers a reward to anyone who can help return it to her.

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. How does the fact that Zorba is missing half of his finger relate to his connection between manliness and freedom?

Zorba says that he cut part of his finger off because it got in the way of making pottery. He argues that anything that gets in the way of man doing what he wants should be removed. Because it takes a great deal of physical and mental courage to remove a body part, the connection for Zorba is strong.

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