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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. Who kills the widow and how is it done?
(a) Mavrandoni stabs her in the heart.
(b) Manolakas cuts her head off.
(c) Zorba accidentally shoots her while trying to shoot Manolakas.
(d) Mavrandoni cuts her head off.

2. After receiving a letter from his friend in Chapter 25, who does the narrator warn when he feels a sense of danger?
(a) Zaharia.
(b) He decides the feeling is nothing, so he does nothing and goes to sleep.
(c) Zorba.
(d) His soldier friend.

3. What happens when the fourth log is tested on the rail system?
(a) The operations appear to have been repaired to perfection.
(b) The system cracks and the log gets jammed.
(c) The system is still shaky, but the log reaches its destination.
(d) The entire system collapses.

4. When the narrator loses everything, what does he find?
(a) Death.
(b) Intense sorrow.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Revolution.

5. What miracle do the monks come down from the mountain to share?
(a) Zaharia saved a man through meditation.
(b) Zaharia has reached enlightenment.
(c) The Holy Virgin of Revenge has killed an army of invaders.
(d) The Holy Virgin of Revenge has killed Zaharia.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what do the villagers gather to watch in Chapter 20?

2. What causes Zorba to become infuriated after Hortense's death?

3. How does Zorba say that he gets rid of intense longings?

4. Who attempts to cheer Zorba up following the death of Hortense?

5. What does the narrator promise to binge on so that he no longer desires it?

Short Essay Questions

1. After the widow's murder, what happens when Zorba and Manolakas meet near the widow's garden?

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

3. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

4. Why does Zaharia say he became a monk?

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

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

7. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

8. How are Zorba's final moments described?

9. What does Zorba say about women when the narrator reveals that he has proposed to Madame Hortense on his behalf?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. D
3. D
4. C
5. D

Short Answer Key

1. For what do the villagers gather to watch in Chapter 20?

Zorba celebrates the beginning of the railway construction.

2. What causes Zorba to become infuriated after Hortense's death?

The narrator does not have the answers to his questions.

3. How does Zorba say that he gets rid of intense longings?

Stuffing himself gluttonously with the desired thing.

4. Who attempts to cheer Zorba up following the death of Hortense?

The festival-goers.

5. What does the narrator promise to binge on so that he no longer desires it?

Books.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. After the widow's murder, what happens when Zorba and Manolakas meet near the widow's garden?

Manolakas challenges Zorba to a knife fight after having been beaten previously. Zorba tells him he will fight without weapons. Then the narrator intervenes and talks them down from fighting at all. They end up all drinking together.

2. 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.

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. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. How are Zorba's final moments described?

Zorba dies howling and laughing like an animal.

9. What does Zorba say about women when the narrator reveals that he has proposed to Madame Hortense on his behalf?

Zorba says that women are delicate creatures and are unable to handle such jokes.

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

He describes it as being each minute that passes.

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