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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 news does the monk Zaharia bring in Chapter 24?
(a) He has quit his life at the monastery.
(b) He has burned down the monastery.
(c) He wants to become a lignite miner.
(d) He robbed the monastery.

2. What does Zorba suggest the narrator will need to become completely free?
(a) Great wealth.
(b) True love.
(c) A green stone.
(d) Folly.

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

4. Why does the narrator call a doctor on Easter?
(a) Madame Hortense has grown very ill.
(b) The widow appears to be pregnant.
(c) Zorba has grown very ill.
(d) The widow has fallen from a cliff.

5. What does the narrator come across while walking on the mountain path?
(a) The ruins of a Minoan city.
(b) An ancient inscribed tablet.
(c) A human skeleton.
(d) A cave.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the statue of Our Lady of Revenge notorious for?

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

3. For what action does Zorba grow proud of the narrator?

4. What concept does the narrator come up with when formulating his ideas about death?

5. How does Zorba say that he gets rid of intense longings?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After the widow's murder, what happens when Zorba and Manolakas meet near the widow's garden?

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

4. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

5. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. Describe the monastery bishop's first theory on religion.

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. B
2. D
3. B
4. A
5. A

Short Answer Key

1. What is the statue of Our Lady of Revenge notorious for?

Killing an Algerian army.

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

Manolakas.

3. For what action does Zorba grow proud of the narrator?

The narrator finally pursues the widow.

4. What concept does the narrator come up with when formulating his ideas about death?

Sacred awe.

5. How does Zorba say that he gets rid of intense longings?

Stuffing himself gluttonously with the desired thing.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. After the widow's murder, what happens when Zorba and Manolakas meet near the widow's garden?

Manolakas challenges Zorba to a knife fight after having been beaten previously. Zorba tells him he will fight without weapons. Then the narrator intervenes and talks them down from fighting at all. They end up all drinking together.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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."

8. 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.

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 monastery bishop's first theory on religion.

He believes that the shape of a flower influences its color and its color then has an influence on its properties which in turn produce a specific effect on humans. He summarizes this theory with the belief that men should be careful when walking through fields of flowers because of the peculiar effects the flowers are having on them.

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