© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
In the Penal Colony

In the Penal Colony


by Franz Kafka

In the Penal Colony: At Sea Colony True or False

1. What is the machine that is to be used as the method of execution called -> The apparatus
2. What has the explorer been sent to do? -> Observe the execution
3. What does the machine do? -> Reads Tolkein’s Silmarillion from cover to cover, effectively boring the victim to death
4. In the world of this story, what happens when someone is accused of a crime? -> They have all of their Shmoints taken away from them
5. Which commandment applies to the condemned man? -> Honor thy superiors