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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. Who waits outside for Hortense to die in order to loot her belongings?
(a) The narrator.
(b) The monks.
(c) The mob.
(d) Dirge singers.

2. What concept does the narrator come up with when formulating his ideas about death?
(a) Sacred body.
(b) Death by philosophy.
(c) Spirit of the body.
(d) Sacred awe.

3. Who does Zorba say is having a sexual relationship with his student?
(a) Demetrios.
(b) Buddha.
(c) Zaharia.
(d) Gavrili.

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

5. Who publicly defends the accused and attempts to break up the mob which seeks justice for Pavli's death?
(a) The narrator.
(b) Anagnosti.
(c) Zorba.
(d) Mimiko.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Pavli commit suicide?

2. After sleeping with the widow, what does the narrator realize?

3. What does Zorba invite his old boss to come and see in Chapter 26?

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

5. How does Zorba compare to Hortense's former lovers in her eyes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. D
3. A
4. A
5. A

Short Answer Key

1. Why does Pavli commit suicide?

He was in love with someone not in love with him.

2. After sleeping with the widow, what does the narrator realize?

"The soul is flesh as well."

3. What does Zorba invite his old boss to come and see in Chapter 26?

A beautiful green stone.

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

Seeing the orphans of a priest he killed.

5. How does Zorba compare to Hortense's former lovers in her eyes?

He is not as exotic.

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. 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.

3. 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.

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. 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.

6. 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."

7. 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.

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

He describes it as being each minute that passes.

9. 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."

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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