Kafkaesque: Meaning & Examples


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Why is Franz Kafka's short story ''Poseidon'' an example of a ''Kafkaesque'' situation?

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1. Why is Franz Kafka's short story ''The Hunger Artist'' an example of a ''Kafkaesque'' situation?

2. Which of the following is a ''Kafkaesque'' situation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions in this brief multiple-choice quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of the word 'Kafkaesque'. Among other details, you should be familiar with author Franz Kafka's various short stories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on the following:

  • Why Franz Kafka's short stories 'Poseidon' and 'The Hunger Artist' are examples of 'Kafkaesque'
  • An example of a 'Kafkaesque' situation
  • Where the term 'Kafkaesque' originated
  • A nightmarishly complex situation that's perpetuated by the person it affects

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use what you've learned about the term 'Kafkaesque' to explain why 'Poseidon' exemplifies a Kafkaesque situation
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the origin of the term 'Kafkaesque' and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the meaning of 'Kafkaesque'

Additional Learning

Keep studying this topic with the lesson titled Kafkaesque: Meaning & Examples. Below are just a few examples of what you can expect to find in this lesson:

  • The second definition of 'Kafkaesque'
  • How the word has been misused
  • Whether works by other authors may be considered 'Kafkaesque' without being derivative