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In the Penal Colony

In the Penal Colony


by Franz Kafka

In the Penal Colony: At Sea Colony Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around In the Penal Colony? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is the machine that is to be used as the method of execution called

The device
The appliance
The apparatus
The fun machine, which is really an excellent marketing move
Q. What has the explorer been sent to do?

Rescue the condemned man
Observe the execution
Discover a passage to the East Indies, as long as that Columbus jerk hasn’t already beaten him to it
Confess guilt and take the place of the condemned man
Q. What does the machine do?

Sponges the water out of its victim’s body
Carves words into the victim’s skin with needles
Shakes the victim back and forth violently
Reads Tolkein’s Silmarillion from cover to cover, effectively boring the victim to death
Injects hundreds of tiny poisonous spiders into the victim
Q. In the world of this story, what happens when someone is accused of a crime?

They cannot use a lawyer - they must provide their own defense
They are hypnotized and then asked a series of questions about the crime
They are not given a chance to defend themselves
They are applauded for their gumption
They have all of their Shmoints taken away from them
Q. Which commandment applies to the condemned man?

Honor thy superiors
Thou shalt not speak unless spoken to
Learn thy table manners
Thou art up the creek without a paddle