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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 mocks the bishop's theories?
(a) Zorba.
(b) Gavrili.
(c) Demetrios.
(d) The narrator.

2. What causes the Easter celebration to abruptly stop?
(a) A man starts screaming.
(b) The monks flood into the church.
(c) The widow enters the church.
(d) A small child is killed.

3. How does the narrator respond to the bishop's theories on religion?
(a) "Those theories may save many souls."
(b) "Those theories would benefit from inclusion of my theory."
(c) "Those theories cannot help a man of the world."
(d) "Those theories fall short of a true God."

4. What does the narrator say about Hortense becoming a bride?
(a) It makes her glow.
(b) It is likely to have a negative impact on business.
(c) It takes away from her allure as a widow.
(d) It makes her more respectable.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the narrator tell Zorba that they will one day build?

3. After receiving a letter from his friend in Chapter 25, who does the narrator warn when he feels a sense of danger?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Anagnosti say that Pavli is blessed?

4. What does Zorba say about the act of crying when Madame Hortense dies?

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

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

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

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

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. Why do you think the narrator's good friend, the soldier, is not named until his death?

Multiple Choice Answer Key

1. A
2. C
3. A
4. C
5. A

Short Answer Key

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

Books.

2. What does the narrator tell Zorba that they will one day build?

The monastery of free men.

3. After receiving a letter from his friend in Chapter 25, who does the narrator warn when he feels a sense of danger?

His soldier friend.

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

Stuffing himself gluttonously with the desired thing.

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

Eternity.

Short Essay Answer Key

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. What does Zorba say about the act of crying when Madame Hortense dies?

He says that he isn't ashamed to cry in front of men because of the unity they share. He says that crying in front of women is different because it is a man's job to prove his courage when before women.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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. Why do you think the narrator's good friend, the soldier, is not named until his death?

It may be to emphasize the theme of the importance of human interaction and companionship. Just as the narrator is gaining the realization that human connection is essential, his friend dies and his friend's name is revealed. His friend has also fulfilled his passion, which was to serve his country. His name is then symbolically mythologized when it appears in the story.

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