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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. How does Zorba compare to Hortense's former lovers in her eyes?
(a) He is less sexually satisfying.
(b) He is not as good a conversationalist.
(c) He is not as handsome.
(d) He is not as exotic.

2. What gift does Madame Hortense present to Zorba when he returns from the monastery?
(a) A small clay statue.
(b) A pair of wedding rings.
(c) A new pair of pants.
(d) A boat.

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

4. What startles the narrator from his sleep at the monastery?
(a) A woman's screams.
(b) Singing.
(c) A gun shot.
(d) A loud argument.

5. What does Zorba ask the narrator to explain to him in Chapter 24?
(a) The meaning of life.
(b) How to cook a good soup.
(c) Death and why people die.
(d) The best techniques for extracting lignite from the mine.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who kills the widow and how is it done?

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

3. Why does the narrator call a doctor on Easter?

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

5. What does the narrator tell Zorba that they will one day build?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the incident that prompted the monastery icon's name to be changed from Our Lady of Mercy to Our Lady of Revenge.

4. Describe what happened while Zorba was at war that changed his mind about judging a person based on nationality.

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. B
3. B
4. C
5. C

Short Answer Key

1. Who kills the widow and how is it done?

Mavrandoni cuts her head off.

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

The entire system collapses.

3. Why does the narrator call a doctor on Easter?

Madame Hortense has grown very ill.

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. What does the narrator tell Zorba that they will one day build?

The monastery of free men.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Describe the incident that prompted the monastery icon's name to be changed from Our Lady of Mercy to Our Lady of Revenge.

In ancient times Algerians raided and set fire to the monastery. When they passed by the statue, it is said that she came to life, leaped down, and began stabbing the warriors with her spear until she had killed them all.

4. Describe what happened while Zorba was at war that changed his mind about judging a person based on nationality.

While at war, Zorba murdered a Bulgarian priest who had been invading Greek villages and killing Greeks. Later, when Zorba sees the orphans of the priest, he realizes that nationality doesn't matter. Rather, "good" and "bad" are the only important classifications to consider.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

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. 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.

10. 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.

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