Allegory in The Metamorphosis


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In The Metamorphosis, why does Gregor transform into a dung beetle (as opposed to a different animal)?

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1. In The Metamorphosis, how does Gregor's father react when Gregor gets out of his room later in the story?

2. As a whole, what is The Metamorphosis an allegory for?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With these assessments, you can discover the depth of your knowledge of the use of allegory in The Metamorphosis. Quiz topics include the reason Gregor Samsa turns into a certain type of beetle and the response of Gregor's father when Gregor leaves his bedroom.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll need to know about these key points:

  • The main allegory of the story
  • Symbolism of the woman in a picture that's been framed
  • The purpose of the description of Gregor's job before his change

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on allegory in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the story's major allegory and its connection to Gregor Samsa
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Gregor's father's reaction when Gregor leaves his room
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the reason the author had Gregor turn into a beetle as well as the woman who's in a framed picture and what she represents in the story

Additional Learning

More information on the literary technique in Kafka's famous story is available from the lesson entitled Allegory in The Metamorphosis. You'll be exploring these subjects as you go along:

  • Time period during which the novella was published
  • Gregor's life and how he spent most of his time
  • Alienation he experienced once he turned into an insect