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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. How does Zorba compare to Hortense's former lovers in her eyes?
(a) He is less sexually satisfying.
(b) He is not as good a conversationalist.
(c) He is not as exotic.
(d) He is not as handsome.

2. Who does Zorba claim was Hortense's greatest lover?
(a) Zorba.
(b) Canavaro.
(c) Pavli.
(d) A Spanish admiral.

3. What language does Zorba teach the narrator in chapter 25?
(a) Dance.
(b) Latin.
(c) Italian.
(d) Old Greek.

4. What does Zorba learn when he awakens from a dream in Chapter 23?
(a) Madame Hortense is dying.
(b) The narrator's old friend is taking over as foreman of the mine.
(c) The narrator has decided to leave Crete.
(d) The narrator is dying.

5. What does the narrator say about Hortense becoming a bride?
(a) It makes her more respectable.
(b) It makes her glow.
(c) It is likely to have a negative impact on business.
(d) It takes away from her allure as a widow.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose death is sought after to avenge Pavli's death?

2. From whom must Zorba and the narrator rent land for the timber rail project?

3. In Chapter 15, what does the narrator momentarily believe is his last obstacle to freedom?

4. When the narrator meets an old man on the trail, where does the man ask if he's headed?

5. What gift does Madame Hortense present to Zorba when he returns from the monastery?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator describe eternity in Chapter 15?

2. As the narrator watches Zorba comfort Madame Hortense on her death bed with the others eagerly awaiting her death, what does he compare the scene to?

3. When writing letters to Madame Hortense, what does the narrator have to do?

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

5. What two major shifts happen to the narrator in Chapter 21? What major realization do these shifts spur in the narrator.

6. What does Zorba say about the act of crying when Madame Hortense dies?

7. Why does Zaharia say he became a monk?

8. How are Zorba's final moments described?

9. Describe what happened while Zorba was at war that changed his mind about judging a person based on nationality.

10. How did Zaharia appear when he was found dead?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. C
2. A
3. A
4. A
5. D

Short Answer Key

1. Whose death is sought after to avenge Pavli's death?

The widow.

2. From whom must Zorba and the narrator rent land for the timber rail project?

Monks at the monastery.

3. In Chapter 15, what does the narrator momentarily believe is his last obstacle to freedom?

Buddha.

4. When the narrator meets an old man on the trail, where does the man ask if he's headed?

The convent.

5. What gift does Madame Hortense present to Zorba when he returns from the monastery?

A pair of wedding rings.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. How does the narrator describe eternity in Chapter 15?

He describes it as being each minute that passes.

2. As the narrator watches Zorba comfort Madame Hortense on her death bed with the others eagerly awaiting her death, what does he compare the scene to?

The narrator first compares the scene to a huge exotic bird with a broken wing that has fallen and is dying on the beach, with all of the villagers standing around watching for entertainment. Then he compares Madame Hortense to other animals as well, like an "old angora cat" and "a sick old seal."

3. When writing letters to Madame Hortense, what does the narrator have to do?

The narrator must pretend he is Zorba. Therefore, he must take on Zorba's characteristics in his writings while looking for the best in Madame Hortense.

4. 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.

5. What two major shifts happen to the narrator in Chapter 21? What major realization do these shifts spur in the narrator.

The narrator finally sleeps with the widow, which Zorba has been encouraging him to do for some time. The narrator also finishes the Buddha Manuscript and with it, has the realization that he has exorcised the Buddha from himself. These two shifts make it clear to the narrator that "the soul is flesh as well," or in other words the actions of his body are just as important and spiritual as the meditating and thinking to which he is accustomed.

6. What does Zorba say about the act of crying when Madame Hortense dies?

He says that he isn't ashamed to cry in front of men because of the unity they share. He says that crying in front of women is different because it is a man's job to prove his courage when before women.

7. 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.

8. How are Zorba's final moments described?

Zorba dies howling and laughing like an animal.

9. Describe what happened while Zorba was at war that changed his mind about judging a person based on nationality.

While at war, Zorba murdered a Bulgarian priest who had been invading Greek villages and killing Greeks. Later, when Zorba sees the orphans of the priest, he realizes that nationality doesn't matter. Rather, "good" and "bad" are the only important classifications to consider.

10. How did Zaharia appear when he was found dead?

He was found shaven bald and pierced with the spear of the Holy Virgin of Revenge.

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