Quiz playing is a wonderful way to increase your knowledge of English as a Second Language. Remember that all of our ESL quizzes have titles that are both friendly and technical at the same time… In the case of this quiz you might like to tell your friends about the “Bold as Brass Quiz” but no doubt your teachers will talk about “Comparatives”. If you hear a technical term and you want to find a quiz about the subject then just look through the list of quiz titles until you find what you need.
English has some splendid phrases for conveying ideas and such phrases are often known as comparatives. 'Bold as brass' is one example. If you say that someone is 'Bold as brass" it means they are brave and fearless. See how many of the comparatives below you have seen or used in your own speaking and writing.
You may have noticed that many of these 'as ... / as ...' expressions work particularly well if there is an echo between the sounds in the two ideas: either they alliterate (e.g. they each start with a B, as in the quiz title), or perhaps they rhyme. If the sounds match, that makes the comparison seem stronger, doesn't it? In this case we have 'slow ... snail', and the letter S in English quite quickly suggests a lot of other slimy, slippery, slithery unpleasant things like snakes and slugs and maybe also spiders. Some other languages have this feature too: how about yours?