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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. For what action does Zorba grow proud of the narrator?
(a) The narrator strikes a huge load of lignite.
(b) The narrator finally pursues the widow.
(c) The narrator stands up to the villagers about their sinful ways.
(d) The narrator decides to join the army.

2. What does the narrator promise to binge on so that he no longer desires it?
(a) Food.
(b) Women.
(c) Books.
(d) Alcohol.

3. When the narrator meets an old man on the trail, where does the man ask if he's headed?
(a) The convent.
(b) The river.
(c) The pub.
(d) The garden.

4. After rescuing Zorba from being captured, what happens to the widow in his war story?
(a) She dies in childbirth.
(b) She runs away to live in a distant village.
(c) She dies when Zorba sets her village on fire.
(d) He marries her and is with her for several years.

5. How does Zorba describe proposal and marriage?
(a) As rarely successful.
(b) As something he has not and will never do.
(c) As "the trap."
(d) As a blessed union.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Zorba say prompted him to quit the army?

3. What startling news does Zorba receive when he returns from Candia?

4. In pleasing Madame Hortense, to whom does Zorba compare himself?

5. What does Zorba ask the narrator to explain to him in Chapter 24?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. B
2. C
3. A
4. C
5. C

Short Answer Key

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

The entire system collapses.

2. What does Zorba say prompted him to quit the army?

Seeing the orphans of a priest he killed.

3. What startling news does Zorba receive when he returns from Candia?

He learns that he is expected to propose to Madame Hortense.

4. In pleasing Madame Hortense, to whom does Zorba compare himself?

Zeus.

5. What does Zorba ask the narrator to explain to him in Chapter 24?

Death and why people die.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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."

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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."

9. 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.

10. 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.

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