The Metamorphosis Chapter 1: Summary & Analysis


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Why does Gregor Samsa work as a salesman in Franz Kafka's story ''Metamorphosis'' if the work makes him so unhappy?

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1. When Gregor wakes up in the morning and finds that he is an insect in Kafka's ''Metamorphosis'', what simple task proves extraordinarily difficult?

2. Who comes to check on Gregor and inquire as to why he missed his train in Kafka's story ''Metamorphosis''?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can test your awareness of Chapter 1 from The Metamorphosis with this quiz/worksheet combo. Questions will touch on key topics such as Gregor Samsa's motive for working as a salesman and the first challenge Gregor faces upon waking up

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following areas of study:

  • Character who checks on Gregor
  • Accusation made against Gregor for staying in his room
  • Difference between Gregor's reaction and his family's reaction after he changes into a beetle

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Chapter 1 of The Metamorphosis
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the person who checks to see that Gregor is okay and the reason Gregor works as a salesman even though he dislikes the job
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what Gregor has difficulty with when he first wakes up in the morning

Additional Learning

The lesson called The Metamorphosis Chapter 1: Summary & Analysis will bring to light more on the following subjects:

  • Overview of Gregor's life in the story
  • Gregor's first thoughts after his metamorphosis
  • His job being in jeopardy because he won't open his bedroom door
  • Responses to Gregor's appearance