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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 Zorba say prompted him to quit the army?
(a) Seeing the orphans of a priest he killed.
(b) Being trapped in a trench with dead bodies.
(c) seeing children murdered.
(d) Torching a village.

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

3. When she dies, who brings the officials to inventory Madame Hortense's belongings?
(a) Anagnosti.
(b) Mavrandoni.
(c) Manolakas.
(d) Zorba.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes the Easter celebration to abruptly stop?

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

3. What happens when the fourth log is tested on the rail system?

4. What does Zorba invite his old boss to come and see in Chapter 26?

5. Who publicly defends the accused and attempts to break up the mob which seeks justice for Pavli's death?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. What does the narrator state is the reason for Zaharia's death?

6. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

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

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

9. What does the narrator succeed in doing in Chapter 21 that Zorba could not?

10. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. A
2. D
3. A
4. D
5. B

Short Answer Key

1. What causes the Easter celebration to abruptly stop?

The widow enters the church.

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

"Those theories may save many souls."

3. What happens when the fourth log is tested on the rail system?

The entire system collapses.

4. What does Zorba invite his old boss to come and see in Chapter 26?

A beautiful green stone.

5. Who publicly defends the accused and attempts to break up the mob which seeks justice for Pavli's death?

The narrator.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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. What does the narrator state is the reason for Zaharia's death?

The narrator says that Zaharia has fulfilled his main passion and purpose and has therefore accomplished everything that life would ask of him, so he can die.

6. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

Madame Hortense thinks Zorba will make a useful husband but does not think much of him above and beyond that role. She wishes also that he were as exciting and accomplished as her former lovers.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. What does the narrator succeed in doing in Chapter 21 that Zorba could not?

The narrator recognizes that Madame Hortense is seriously ill and takes care of her both mentally and physically. He mentally encourages her by reminding her of her wedding while physically bringing a doctor to attend to her. He uses Zorba's romantic speech tricks while conscientiously attending to her health as well. Zorba, on the other hand, is a successful romantic but not a responsible partner.

10. 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.

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