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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 to Gavrili in the night at the monastery?
(a) He is held hostage by invaders.
(b) He is murdered by his lover.
(c) He is raped.
(d) He thinks he hears God speaking to him.

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

3. How do the negotiations over land between Zorba and the abbot begin?
(a) Zorba insists that they pay more.
(b) They agree completely to the original negotiation.
(c) The abbot charges a lesser amount to prove his devotion to a higher power.
(d) The abbot tries to charge more money than agreed upon.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From whom must Zorba and the narrator rent land for the timber rail project?

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

3. Who publicly defends the accused and attempts to break up the mob which seeks justice for Pavli's death?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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. How are Zorba's final moments described?

7. How does the narrator describe eternity in Chapter 15?

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

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

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. B
2. C
3. D
4. D
5. A

Short Answer Key

1. From whom must Zorba and the narrator rent land for the timber rail project?

Monks at the monastery.

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

Eternity.

3. Who publicly defends the accused and attempts to break up the mob which seeks justice for Pavli's death?

The narrator.

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

Death and why people die.

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

Books.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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."

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. How are Zorba's final moments described?

Zorba dies howling and laughing like an animal.

7. How does the narrator describe eternity in Chapter 15?

He describes it as being each minute that passes.

8. 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.

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 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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