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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. Why does the narrator feel like he can forget about the Enlightened One?
(a) He has become engrossed with the physical world.
(b) Mining is all that he cares about now.
(c) He has finished his Buddha Manuscript.
(d) His sexual relationship is more fulfilling that meditation.

2. After sleeping with the widow, what does the narrator realize?
(a) "The soul is a gem that the flesh will never uncover."
(b) "The soul is flesh as well."
(c) "The soul is to be treasured much more than the flesh."
(d) "The flesh is language for the soul."

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

4. What concept does the narrator come up with when formulating his ideas about death?
(a) Sacred awe.
(b) Death by philosophy.
(c) Spirit of the body.
(d) Sacred body.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the narrator and Zorba do on Easter Sunday?

2. Upon his return from Candia, what does Zorba encourage the narrator to quickly get started on?

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

4. What is the narrator's topic of conversation with the Mother Superior?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. C
2. B
3. B
4. A
5. D

Short Answer Key

1. What do the narrator and Zorba do on Easter Sunday?

Make a feast for Madame Hortense.

2. Upon his return from Candia, what does Zorba encourage the narrator to quickly get started on?

The timber rail project.

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

It is lent.

4. What is the narrator's topic of conversation with the Mother Superior?

Eternity.

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

Books.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. 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.

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. 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.

5. 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.

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. 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 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.

10. 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.

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