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This passage is adapted from "Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka, a famous story that combines elements of fantasy and reality. This excerpt begins with the protagonist realizing he has literally turned into a giant, beetle-like insect.
One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke fromtroubled dreams, he found himself transformed inhis bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armor-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could05see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided byarches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardlyable to cover it and seemed ready to slide off anymoment. His many legs, pitifully thin comparedwith the size of the rest of him, waved about help-10lessly as he looked."What's happened to me?" he thought. It wasn'ta dream. His room, a proper human room althougha little too small, lay peacefully between its fourfamiliar walls. A collection of textile samples lay15spread out on the table—Samsa was a travellingsalesman—and above it there hung a picture thathe had recently cut out of an illustrated magazineand housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a ladyfitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright,20raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole ofher lower arm towards the viewer.Gregor then turned to look out the window at thedull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hittingthe pane, which made him feel quite sad. "How25about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all thisnonsense," he thought, but that was something hewas unable to do because he was used to sleeping onhis right, and in his present state couldn't get intothat position. However hard he threw himself onto30his right, he always rolled back to where he was. Hemust have tried it a hundred times, shut his eyes sothat he wouldn't have to look at the floundering legs,and only stopped when he began to feel a mild, dullpain there that he had never felt before.35He thought, "What a strenuous career it is thatI've chosen! Travelling day in and day out. Doingbusiness like this takes much more effort thandoing your own business at home, and on top of thatthere's the curse of travelling, worries about making40train connections, bad and irregular food, contactwith different people all the time so that you cannever get to know anyone or become friendly withthem." He felt a slight itch up on his belly; pushedhimself slowly up on his back towards the headboard45so that he could lift his head better; found wherethe itch was, and saw that it was covered with lots oflittle white spots which he didn't know what to makeof; and when he tried to feel the place with one of hislegs he drew it quickly back because as soon as he50touched it he was overcome by a cold shudder.He slid back into his former position. "Getting upearly all the time," he thought, "it makes you stupid.You've got to get enough sleep. Other travellingsalesmen live a life of luxury. For instance, whenever55I go back to the guest house during the morning tocopy out the contract, these gentlemen are alwaysstill sitting there eating their breakfasts. I ought tojust try that with my boss; I'd get kicked out on thespot. But who knows, maybe that would be the best60thing for me. If I didn't have my parents to thinkabout I'd have given in my notice a long time ago,I'd have gone up to the boss and told him just whatI think, tell him everything I would, let him knowjust what I feel. He'd fall right off his desk! And it's a65funny sort of business to be sitting up there at yourdesk, talking down at your subordinates from upthere, especially when you have to go right up closebecause the boss is hard of hearing. Well, there'sstill some hope; once I've got the money together to70pay off my parents' debt to him—another five or sixyears I suppose—that's definitely what I'll do. That'swhen I'll make the big change. First of all though,I've got to get up, my train leaves at five."
1. According to the passage, Gregor initially believes his transformation is a
2. As used in line 12, "proper" most nearly means
3. The passage most strongly suggests which of the following about Gregor's attitude toward his profession?
4. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
5. What central idea does the excerpt communicate through Gregor's experiences?
6. The passage most strongly suggests that which of the following is true of Gregor?
7. Which choice provides the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
8. As used in line 32, "floundering" most nearly means
9. The author most likely includes a description of Gregor's itch in lines 43-50 to
10. The main rhetorical effect of the final sentence of the excerpt ("First of all though, I've got to get up, my train leaves at five") is to
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