This Word file contains three reading quizzes, one for each part of Franz Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis. The file includes two versions of each quiz and the format is short answer (requiring students to respond with between one word and a full sentence for each question). Each quiz is 10 questions in length and includes an answer key.
Many of the questions are quote-based, and my school uses the popular Stanley Corngold translation (the famous first sentence ends with the phrase "monstrous vermin").
I use this type of quiz in my own classroom in order to thwart online summaries available on sites like Sparknotes and Shmoop. When I assign reading, I want my students to actually read the text. Therefore, instead of quiz questions that ask students to recall general information regarding plot and characterization, this type of quiz focuses on: (1) proper nouns (like the names of minor characters and places in the setting), (2) pronoun antecedent, and (3) other specific details that should be apparent after a night of close reading. My intent is not to trick students and force them to resort to recording long lists of minutiae; instead, it’s to encourage them to read closely, critically, and consciously so that they consider the choices the author is making. We can then discuss the effect or impact of these choices during a follow-up class discussion (but first I need a means of encouraging students to read).