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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 does Madame Hortense want from Zorba in Chapter 19?
(a) To impregnate her.
(b) To be married immediately.
(c) To build them a new house.
(d) To support her.

2. How does Zorba describe proposal and marriage?
(a) As rarely successful.
(b) As something he has not and will never do.
(c) As a blessed union.
(d) As "the trap."

3. Who waits outside for Hortense to die in order to loot her belongings?
(a) The mob.
(b) Dirge singers.
(c) The narrator.
(d) The monks.

4. Who challenges Zorba to a knife fight near the widow's garden?
(a) Dimitri.
(b) Pavli's ghost.
(c) Mavrandoni.
(d) Manolakas.

5. What is the narrator's topic of conversation with the Mother Superior?
(a) Blood.
(b) The Martyred Virgin.
(c) Eternity.
(d) The cross.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Zorba ask the narrator to explain to him in Chapter 24?

2. What is the statue of Our Lady of Revenge notorious for?

3. What news does the monk Zaharia bring in Chapter 24?

4. Why does Zorba refuse to sleep with Madame Hortense in Chapter 19?

5. Before going to bed the night before beginning work on the railway, what does the narrator ask Zorba if he's ever done?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was Zaharia's inspiration for burning down the monastery?

5. How are Zorba's final moments described?

6. 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?

7. Describe the actions that follow after the widow enters the church at the Easter celebration.

8. Why does Zaharia say he became a monk?

9. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. B
2. D
3. B
4. D
5. C

Short Answer Key

1. What does Zorba ask the narrator to explain to him in Chapter 24?

Death and why people die.

2. What is the statue of Our Lady of Revenge notorious for?

Killing an Algerian army.

3. What news does the monk Zaharia bring in Chapter 24?

He has burned down the monastery.

4. Why does Zorba refuse to sleep with Madame Hortense in Chapter 19?

It is lent.

5. Before going to bed the night before beginning work on the railway, what does the narrator ask Zorba if he's ever done?

Fought in a war.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. What was Zaharia's inspiration for burning down the monastery?

He says he was acting on a mission assigned to him by Archangel Michael. He acted, however, based on the knowledge he received from Zorba.

5. How are Zorba's final moments described?

Zorba dies howling and laughing like an animal.

6. 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."

7. Describe the actions that follow after the widow enters the church at the Easter celebration.

Because the villagers blame the widow for Pavli's death, Manolakas leads a mob to the church when they discover that she is there. When she walks out of the church, the mob surrounds her and Mavrandoni blocks the door to keep her from going back in. The mob begins to throw stones at her, and several pull knives as well. Mavrandoni says it is his right to declare judgment and orders her to be killed. The narrator attempts to save her but trips on a rock. Zorba arrives and also attempts to save her. Momentarily, he does as he wrestles Manolakas away from her, but ultimately Mavrandoni cuts her head off.

8. 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.

9. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

Pavli commits suicide by drowning, and Anagnosti says that he is blessed because he is free from the object of his desire, the widow. Anagnosti claims that Pavli could not have lived happily with or without her because he had so much passion for her but now he is at peace.

10. 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.

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