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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. From whom must Zorba and the narrator rent land for the timber rail project?
(a) The governor of Crete.
(b) Anagnosti.
(c) Madame Hortense.
(d) Monks at the monastery.

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

3. When he arrives in Candia, what news does the narrator receive?
(a) His friend Stavridaki has died.
(b) His family is being held hostage.
(c) The widow was pregnant with his child when she died.
(d) A new revolution has begun.

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

5. What supposedly happens to the Martyred Virgin once every year?
(a) It draws a warring army.
(b) It bleeds from a chiseled wound.
(c) It causes storms.
(d) It cries tears of blood.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who fights the mob leader in an attempt to save the widow?

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

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

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

5. What does Zorba learn when he awakens from a dream in Chapter 23?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

4. How are Zorba's final moments described?

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

6. In his third theory of religion, what does the bishop give as God's reason for sending religion to the masses?

7. What might be the significance of the narrator inheriting the Santuri?

8. What evidence of artistic inspiration does the narrator find in the ruins of the old city? How does he feel when he sees it?

9. 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?

10. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. A
3. A
4. A
5. B

Short Answer Key

1. Who fights the mob leader in an attempt to save the widow?

Zorba.

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

The narrator does not have the answers to his questions.

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

The narrator.

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

The festival-goers.

5. What does Zorba learn when he awakens from a dream in Chapter 23?

Madame Hortense is dying.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. 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.

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. How are Zorba's final moments described?

Zorba dies howling and laughing like an animal.

5. 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.

6. In his third theory of religion, what does the bishop give as God's reason for sending religion to the masses?

He says that God sent religion as an act of mercy for the masses in order that they might experience living in "eternity." The bishop believes that only a few people on earth are able to live an eternity during their natural lives on earth.

7. What might be the significance of the narrator inheriting the Santuri?

The Santuri, Zorba's musical instrument, was one of the symbols in the story of the expression of emotion outside of words. Zorba plays the Santuri in the story when he is happy. The fact that the story ends with the Santuri in the narrator's possession is an indication that he has grown closer to reaching his goal, that of a marriage between the body and spirit, and that he has attained some level of the sought after "freedom."

8. What evidence of artistic inspiration does the narrator find in the ruins of the old city? How does he feel when he sees it?

The narrator finds a partially finished jar carved from stone and a chisel on the ground nearby. This fills him with bitterness as he realizes the artistic inspiration has been defeated.

9. 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."

10. 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.

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