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Full Book Quiz
1. What does Gregor Samsa do for a living?
2. Where does all of the action of the story take place?
The family’s apartment
An insane asylum
3. What kind of creature has Gregor become?
An unspecified bug
A dung beetle
A gypsy moth
A gigantic maggot
4. What does the picture on Gregor’s wall depict?
Grete with her violin
His smiling family
A can of bug spray
A woman in furs
5. Why has Gregor stayed in his job?
He loves his line of work.
He cannot find a better position.
He thinks it will impress Grete.
His parents owe his employer money.
6. What does the office manager accuse Gregor of?
Turning into a giant bug
Shoddy work and possibly theft
Falsifying reports and insubordination
Lying about his whereabouts
7. Why does it take Gregor so long to answer the door when the office manager arrives?
He is ashamed of his new body.
He slept through the office manager’s knock.
He has trouble maneuvering his body.
He is molting.
8. How does the office manager react when he sees Gregor?
He flees the apartment.
He fires Gregor.
He attacks Gregor with his cane.
He sprays Gregor with insecticide.
9. How does Gregor react to the milk and bread in his rooom?
He hates it.
He eats it all.
He knocks it over.
He lays eggs in it.
10. Where does Gregor feel most comfortable?
In his bed
On his back
In the parlor
Under the sofa
11. How does the mother react when she sees Gregor?
She laughs until she cries.
She hits him with a newspaper.
She passes out.
She runs away in fear.
12. Who is Gregor’s primary caretaker?
The office manager
13. What was Gregor’s dream for Grete?
To pay for her secretarial training
To send her to music school
To turn her into a giant bug
To see her happily married
14. How does Gregor feel when he learns that the family will need to work?
Guilty and ashamed
Proud and vindicated
Resentful and angry
Sad and frightened
15. What does Gregor do to spare Grete’s feelings when she is in his room?
Stands on a chair
Hangs from the ceiling
Rolls into a ball
Hides behind a sheet
16. Why does Grete want to remove Gregor’s furniture from his room?
To keep it for herself
To fumigate the room
To sell it
To give Gregor more space
17. What does Gregor try to prevent from being taken from his room?
18. Why doesn’t Grete want others to help her take care of Gregor?
She doesn’t think they’ll do a good job.
She wants to spare them the sight of Gregor.
She likes being the only one to do so.
She fears they will kill Gregor.
19. How does the father react when he thinks Gregor attacked the mother?
He kicks Gregor out of the house.
He chases Gregor and throws fruit at him.
He attacks Gregor with a giant fly swatter.
He breaks down and weeps.
20. What serious injury does Gregor sustain?
His wings get bent.
His antennae are torn off.
An apple becomes lodged in his back.
A fall breaks his legs.
21. Who takes care of Gregor when Grete begins to lose interest?
The cleaning lady
The downstairs neighbor
The queen of Gregor’s hive
22. What small concession does the family make to Gregor after the father injures him?
They take him for walks.
They leave his door open occasionally.
They wash and groom him regularly.
They help find him a mate.
23. How does Gregor react when he hears Grete’s violin?
He sings along with her playing.
He hides under the sofa.
He crawls toward her in the parlor.
He decides to send her to music school.
24. How does Gregor die?
He jumps out the window.
He lies down in exhaustion and dies.
One of the boarders steps on him.
Grete poisons his food.
25. How does the family feel after Gregor dies?
Relieved and happy
Bitter and resentful
Confused and angry
Sad and depressed
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