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In the Penal Colony

In the Penal Colony


by Franz Kafka

In the Penal Colony: Not About the American Colonies 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. Who is the machine’s greatest defender?

The Commandant
The soldier
Former Vice President Cheney
The officer
Q. Why is the explorer’s opinion so important?

Because he is the son of the old Commandant
Because he is from an enlightened part of the world
Because he has seen many such devices in his travels, and is therefore well-educated on the subject
Q. What is the officer’s self-imposed commandment?

Don't be a weasel
Reap what you sow
Be just
Don't be evil
Q. What happens when the machine malfunctions?

It kills everyone in the room
There is a truly horrific paper jam
It impales the officer
It falls completely apart, harming no one
Q. What do the condemned man and soldier try to do?

Jump into the explorer’s boat
Kill the explorer
Kill each other
P90X, but they give up after the first five minutes