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

2. What does Zorba invite his old boss to come and see in Chapter 26?
(a) His collection of musical instruments.
(b) A clay nun much like the one they saw years earlier.
(c) His newborn son.
(d) A beautiful green stone.

3. Who fights the mob leader in an attempt to save the widow?
(a) Pavli.
(b) the narrator.
(c) Zorba.
(d) Mavrandoni.

4. Who do Zorba and the narrator meet as they climb the mountain?
(a) A patron saint.
(b) Demetrios.
(c) Pavli's ghost.
(d) Zaharia.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What startles the narrator from his sleep at the monastery?

2. What does Madame Hortense want from Zorba in Chapter 19?

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

4. What good omen marks the narrator and Zorba's morning on the day work is to begin on the railway?

5. The narrator disagrees with the way the old man on the mountain trail does what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. A
2. D
3. C
4. D
5. D

Short Answer Key

1. What startles the narrator from his sleep at the monastery?

A gun shot.

2. What does Madame Hortense want from Zorba in Chapter 19?

To be married immediately.

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

"Those theories may save many souls."

4. What good omen marks the narrator and Zorba's morning on the day work is to begin on the railway?

White flowers blooming outside their window.

5. The narrator disagrees with the way the old man on the mountain trail does what?

The old man does not treat his wife as an equal.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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."

6. 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.

7. 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.

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. 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.

10. 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."

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