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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. What happens when the fourth log is tested on the rail system?
(a) The system is still shaky, but the log reaches its destination.
(b) The operations appear to have been repaired to perfection.
(c) The entire system collapses.
(d) The system cracks and the log gets jammed.

2. What does Zorba learn when he awakens from a dream in Chapter 23?
(a) Madame Hortense is dying.
(b) The narrator's old friend is taking over as foreman of the mine.
(c) The narrator is dying.
(d) The narrator has decided to leave Crete.

3. Who closes Hortense's eyes when she dies?
(a) A priest.
(b) The narrator.
(c) Anagnosti.
(d) Zorba.

4. Who does the narrator see as he is walking toward the village on Easter?
(a) Zorba.
(b) Madame Hortense.
(c) The widow.
(d) Buddha.

5. What language does Zorba teach the narrator in chapter 25?
(a) Latin.
(b) Old Greek.
(c) Italian.
(d) Dance.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose death is sought after to avenge Pavli's death?

2. What miracle do the monks come down from the mountain to share?

3. What news does the monk Zaharia bring in Chapter 24?

4. What supposedly happens to the Martyred Virgin once every year?

5. What does Zorba suggest the narrator will need to become completely free?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

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

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

4. What does Zorba say about women when the narrator reveals that he has proposed to Madame Hortense on his behalf?

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

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

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

8. Why does Zaharia say he became a monk?

9. In Chapter 16, what did the sleeping workmen do who when they heard Zorba playing his Santuri?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. C
2. A
3. D
4. C
5. D

Short Answer Key

1. Whose death is sought after to avenge Pavli's death?

The widow.

2. What miracle do the monks come down from the mountain to share?

The Holy Virgin of Revenge has killed Zaharia.

3. What news does the monk Zaharia bring in Chapter 24?

He has burned down the monastery.

4. What supposedly happens to the Martyred Virgin once every year?

It bleeds from a chiseled wound.

5. What does Zorba suggest the narrator will need to become completely free?

Folly.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

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 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."

4. What does Zorba say about women when the narrator reveals that he has proposed to Madame Hortense on his behalf?

Zorba says that women are delicate creatures and are unable to handle such jokes.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Why does Zaharia say he became a monk?

He says poverty led him to become a monk. He was hungry and knew that if he went into the monastery there would be no way he could starve.

9. In Chapter 16, what did the sleeping workmen do who when they heard Zorba playing his Santuri?

They got up, circled around him and began dancing to the music he played.

10. 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.

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