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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 causes Zorba to become infuriated after Hortense's death?
(a) Madame Hortense has not left him anything in her will.
(b) The narrator fires him from the mine.
(c) The narrator does not have the answers to his questions.
(d) The narrator announces that he will leave Crete.

2. 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.

3. When the narrator loses everything, what does he find?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Revolution.
(c) Intense sorrow.
(d) Death.

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

5. Who kills the widow and how is it done?
(a) Mavrandoni cuts her head off.
(b) Manolakas cuts her head off.
(c) Mavrandoni stabs her in the heart.
(d) Zorba accidentally shoots her while trying to shoot Manolakas.

Short Answer Questions

1. Upon his return from Candia, what does Zorba encourage the narrator to quickly get started on?

2. The narrator disagrees with the way the old man on the mountain trail does what?

3. Who does Zorba adopt when Hortense dies?

4. How does the narrator respond to the bishop's theories on religion?

5. Who fights the mob leader in an attempt to save the widow?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When writing letters to Madame Hortense, what does the narrator have to do?

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

4. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

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

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

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

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

9. What does Madame Hortense actually think of Zorba?

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

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. C
2. A
3. A
4. D
5. A

Short Answer Key

1. Upon his return from Candia, what does Zorba encourage the narrator to quickly get started on?

The timber rail project.

2. The narrator disagrees with the way the old man on the mountain trail does what?

The old man does not treat his wife as an equal.

3. Who does Zorba adopt when Hortense dies?

Dimitri.

4. How does the narrator respond to the bishop's theories on religion?

"Those theories may save many souls."

5. Who fights the mob leader in an attempt to save the widow?

Zorba.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. When writing letters to Madame Hortense, what does the narrator have to do?

The narrator must pretend he is Zorba. Therefore, he must take on Zorba's characteristics in his writings while looking for the best in Madame Hortense.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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. 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."

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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