Tone in The Metamorphosis


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What is the tone in Kafka's The Metamorphosis?

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1. How does Gregor react when he first wakes to find himself transformed into a beetle in Kafka's The Metamorphosis?

2. In Kafka's The Metamorphosis, how does Gregor's family react to discovering he has transformed into a beetle?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The tone of The Metamorphosis affects various elements of the story. To do well on this quiz, you'll need to be able to identify the tone in the story and recall certain events, such as the way Gregor first responds to his transformation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out how much you know about:

  • The reaction of Gregor's family to his transformation
  • The metaphor associated with his change
  • Gregor's feeling about his own death

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the tone of The Metamorphosis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Gregor's transformation and how it affected his family
  • Making connections - use your understanding of Gregor's reaction to his transformation and how it's connected to the tone of the story

Additional Learning

Explore Franz Kafka's novella in more depth with the lesson titled Tone in The Metamorphosis. You'll get to read about:

  • The reaction of Gregor's father
  • Gregor's new food choices
  • The dark humor in the story
  • How Gregor's family feels when Gregor dies