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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. The narrator disagrees with the way the old man on the mountain trail does what?
(a) The old man smokes too many cigarettes.
(b) The old man talks too much.
(c) The old man insists that it's sinful to mark one's preference for certain foods.
(d) The old man does not treat his wife as an equal.

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

3. For what do the villagers gather to watch in Chapter 20?
(a) The narrator holds a celebration for the mine's reopening.
(b) Zorba celebrates the beginning of the railway construction.
(c) A newborn baby is baptized.
(d) Zorba weds Madame Hortense.

4. What is the narrator's topic of conversation with the Mother Superior?
(a) Blood.
(b) The cross.
(c) Eternity.
(d) The Martyred Virgin.

5. What does Madame Hortense want from Zorba in Chapter 19?
(a) To support her.
(b) To be married immediately.
(c) To build them a new house.
(d) To impregnate her.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who challenges Zorba to a knife fight near the widow's garden?

2. Who do Zorba and the narrator meet as they climb the mountain?

3. When the narrator meets an old man on the trail, where does the man ask if he's headed?

4. What does the narrator say about Hortense becoming a bride?

5. Before going to bed the night before beginning work on the railway, what does the narrator ask Zorba if he's ever done?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

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

3. Why does Zaharia say he became a monk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. D
2. B
3. B
4. C
5. B

Short Answer Key

1. Who challenges Zorba to a knife fight near the widow's garden?

Manolakas.

2. Who do Zorba and the narrator meet as they climb the mountain?

Zaharia.

3. When the narrator meets an old man on the trail, where does the man ask if he's headed?

The convent.

4. What does the narrator say about Hortense becoming a bride?

It takes away from her allure as a widow.

5. Before going to bed the night before beginning work on the railway, what does the narrator ask Zorba if he's ever done?

Fought in a war.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

Madame Hortense thinks Zorba will make a useful husband but does not think much of him above and beyond that role. She wishes also that he were as exciting and accomplished as her former lovers.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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