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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. Why does Zorba watch the widow's home?
(a) He wants to make sure the narrator is not sneaking into her house.
(b) He wants to protect her from Mimiko.
(c) He wants to steal from her.
(d) He wants to make sure she is not going to bed alone.

2. How many places does Zorba set the dinner table for on their first night on Crete?
(a) 2
(b) 1
(c) 4
(d) 3

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

4. What does the narrator mostly do while Zorba works in the mine?
(a) He works on his writing.
(b) He swims in the ocean.
(c) He romances Madame Hortense.
(d) He also works in the mine.

5. What are Zorba's beliefs about the existence of God?
(a) He is a Christian.
(b) He does not personally believe in God but believes religion is essential to civilization.
(c) He looks to Anagnosti for all of his religious questions and shares his beliefs.
(d) He believes in a higher power but not in religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the new friend the narrator makes at the beginning of the novel?

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

3. What reason does the narrator give in his argument that Zorba should not pressure him to visit the widow?

4. Why does Zorba suggest that the narrator should burn his library?

5. Zorba tells the narrator stories about the island. What kind of events does he describe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the narrator going to Crete?

2. In his third theory of religion, what does the bishop give as God's reason for sending religion to the masses?

3. What story does Zorba tell in Chapter 20 that supports the theme that appearance creates reality?

4. What does Zorba represent in the story?

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

6. Describe the monastery bishop's first theory on religion.

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

8. What is the irony of Zorba comparing himself to Zeus in Chapter 19?

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

10. In Chapter 16, what did the sleeping workmen do who when they heard Zorba playing his Santuri?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. D
3. C
4. A
5. B

Short Answer Key

1. What is the name of the new friend the narrator makes at the beginning of the novel?

Zorba.

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

God.

3. What reason does the narrator give in his argument that Zorba should not pressure him to visit the widow?

Acting impulsively is against his nature.

4. Why does Zorba suggest that the narrator should burn his library?

Because his books don't celebrate nature enough.

5. Zorba tells the narrator stories about the island. What kind of events does he describe?

Wars and revolutions.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. In his third theory of religion, what does the bishop give as God's reason for sending religion to the masses?

He says that God sent religion as an act of mercy for the masses in order that they might experience living in "eternity." The bishop believes that only a few people on earth are able to live an eternity during their natural lives on earth.

3. What story does Zorba tell in Chapter 20 that supports the theme that appearance creates reality?

Zorba tells a story in which his grandfather takes a piece of wood, calls it part of the True Cross, and declares that it will protect the soldier to whom he gifts it from all harm in battle. The soldier then becomes a brave and invincible warrior simply because he believes that he has nothing to fear.

4. What does Zorba represent in the story?

Zorba represents a man who lives for the physical world and ultimately for the individual self in that world. He is an agent of instinct and lacks theoretical reason for his actions. For the narrator, Zorba is a potential symbol of freedom in the narrator's quest to find freedom.

5. 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.

6. Describe the monastery bishop's first theory on religion.

He believes that the shape of a flower influences its color and its color then has an influence on its properties which in turn produce a specific effect on humans. He summarizes this theory with the belief that men should be careful when walking through fields of flowers because of the peculiar effects the flowers are having on them.

7. 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.

8. What is the irony of Zorba comparing himself to Zeus in Chapter 19?

Zorba says that he is like Zeus in that he sacrifices his own self in order to bring women happiness. This is ironic because Zeus is traditionally considered to be lecherous towards women.

9. 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.

10. In Chapter 16, what did the sleeping workmen do who when they heard Zorba playing his Santuri?

They got up, circled around him and began dancing to the music he played.

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