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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. In Chapter 15, what does the narrator momentarily believe is his last obstacle to freedom?
(a) Mining.
(b) The widow.
(c) Zorba.
(d) Buddha.

2. In his story, what does Zorba's grandfather tell the old soldier about the piece of wood he gives him?
(a) He says it's a piece of Noah's Ark.
(b) He says it's a piece of wood from the house he was born in.
(c) He says it is anything he believes it to be.
(d) He says it's part of the True Cross.

3. Before going to bed the night before beginning work on the railway, what does the narrator ask Zorba if he's ever done?
(a) Fathered a child.
(b) Killed a woman.
(c) Fought in a war.
(d) Been to Italy.

4. Who mocks the bishop's theories?
(a) Gavrili.
(b) The narrator.
(c) Zorba.
(d) Demetrios.

5. Who closes Hortense's eyes when she dies?
(a) Zorba.
(b) The narrator.
(c) Anagnosti.
(d) A priest.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator respond to the bishop's theories on religion?

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

3. Why does the narrator call a doctor on Easter?

4. Which character reveals that he had a son who died at the age of three?

5. How does Zorba describe proposal and marriage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

4. 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?

5. Why does Zaharia say he became a monk?

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

7. How are Zorba's final moments described?

8. Why do you think the narrator's good friend, the soldier, is not named until his death?

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

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. D
3. C
4. C
5. A

Short Answer Key

1. How does the narrator respond to the bishop's theories on religion?

"Those theories may save many souls."

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

The convent.

3. Why does the narrator call a doctor on Easter?

Madame Hortense has grown very ill.

4. Which character reveals that he had a son who died at the age of three?

Zorba.

5. How does Zorba describe proposal and marriage?

As "the trap."

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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."

5. 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.

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

He describes it as being each minute that passes.

7. How are Zorba's final moments described?

Zorba dies howling and laughing like an animal.

8. Why do you think the narrator's good friend, the soldier, is not named until his death?

It may be to emphasize the theme of the importance of human interaction and companionship. Just as the narrator is gaining the realization that human connection is essential, his friend dies and his friend's name is revealed. His friend has also fulfilled his passion, which was to serve his country. His name is then symbolically mythologized when it appears in the story.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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