Verbal Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes


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Which of the following is an example of verbal irony?

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What is ironic about the following quote from Gregor in The Metamorphosis?

''...what a strenuous career it is that I've chosen! Travelling day in and day out.''

2. In The Metamorphosis, how does Gregor describe his condition to the clerk from his job?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Verbal irony is used in Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. With this quiz/worksheet, you'll be tested on specific topics including an example of verbal irony from the story and a quote about Gregor Samsa's job and why it's ironic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how much you know about these points:

  • The way Gregor explains himself to one of his colleagues
  • A certain type of verbal irony
  • The irony of Gregor's thoughts about his family

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about verbal irony in The Metamorphosis
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a specific kind of verbal irony
  • Making connections - use your understanding of irony and how it's associated with Gregor's family and his job

Additional Learning

To help you learn more about the author's use of irony, we've created the lesson entitled Verbal Irony in The Metamorphosis: Examples & Quotes. It'll teach you more about the following subject areas:

  • Verbal irony in literature
  • Irony of the way Gregor deals with his transformation
  • Gregor's father's ironic comments about his new job