Religious Symbols in The Metamorphosis


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How is Gregor symbolic of Christ in The Metamorphosis?

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1. In The Metamorphosis, what does Gregor realize when he is struck by the apple?

2. Fill in the blank: Gregor goes through _____ stages of emotion after his transformation in The Metamorphosis.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many instances of religious symbolism in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. These questions will test your understanding of key topics like the way Gregor Samsa is representative of Christ in the story and his realization after he's hit by an apple.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be answering questions on the following points:

  • The stages of emotion Gregor experiences
  • Symbolism of the apple
  • Gregor's initial response to his change

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about religious symbolism in The Metamorphosis
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the apple in the story and how it's symbolic to the characters
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the symbol of Christ that Gregor's character portrays

Additional Learning

Religious overtones are a big part of Gregor's character. Use the accompanying lesson called Religious Symbols in The Metamorphosis to learn more about the following:

  • Symbolism as a literary device
  • Religious symbolism of a number that comes up multiple times in the story
  • Ways that Gregor gives of himself in the story