Zorba the Greek Test | Final Test - Hard

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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 16,what type of power does the narrator attempt to describe?

2. Why does the narrator feel like he can forget about the Enlightened One?

3. How does Zorba describe proposal and marriage?

4. What gift does Madame Hortense present to Zorba when he returns from the monastery?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Zorba offers a range of religious thought. At times, he calls himself an atheist. Later, he describes God and the devil to be exactly like himself. Still later, he rewrites Christianity, claiming that Jesus is an heir to Zeus.

Part 1) Describe Zorba's relationship to the religion of the villagers. How does he react to it?

Part 2) Based on dialogue and actions, Is Zorba truly an atheist? Why?

Part 3) How does the irony of Zorba's religious talk instruct the narrator on his path to exorcising his own philosophical thought?

Essay Topic 2

Several occurrences dovetail into the final exorcism of the Buddha.

Part 1) The death of Madame Hortense coincides with the narrator's affair with the widow and his completion of the manuscript.

• How might Hortense's death symbolize the death of the Buddha? Was Hortense physically present in life?

• Could her fantasies about past lovers and her role as a siren be categorized as a part of the "Void"?

• What kind of symbolic import does the looting of her belongings have on the theme of the Buddha?

Part 2) Zorba ultimately encourages the narrator to pursue the widow. Describe the outcome of the physical intimacy.

• Do you believe that physical intimacy could free the narrator from his philosophizing?

• Does the narrator adopt Zorba's ideas about physical intimacy? Should he?

Part 3) Do you think the narrator is completely finished with the Buddha when he finishes the manuscript? Provide evidence to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

One theme throughout the story is that God and the devil may be one and the same creature.

Part 1) How does the narrator's writing of the Buddha Manuscript exhibit this theme?

Part 2) How does the atheist Zorba's description of both God and the devil support this theme?

Part 3) What does this mean in the narrator's search for ultimate "freedom"?

Short Answer Key

1. In Chapter 16,what type of power does the narrator attempt to describe?

The power of the mind concentrated on one thing.

2. Why does the narrator feel like he can forget about the Enlightened One?

He has finished his Buddha Manuscript.

3. How does Zorba describe proposal and marriage?

As "the trap."

4. What gift does Madame Hortense present to Zorba when he returns from the monastery?

A pair of wedding rings.

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

He is not as exotic.

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