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Simile 1 - Complete the Simile
Prakash's socks were as smelly as what? Find out in this quiz.

Simile 1 - Complete the Simile

You might have heard or read about M S Dhoni, India’s Cricket Captain, being described as a person who is as cool as a cucumber. The phrase ‘as cool as a cucumber’ is a figure of speech called a SIMILE and it means that M S Dhoni is a captain who does not get ruffled and always stays calm and relaxed - especially in a difficult situation. Actually, the coolness of cucumber is used to describe M S Dhoni’s state of mind when he is confronted with a difficult situation.

Similes are one type of what are known as figures of speech. Figures of speech are ways of expression resorted to by a writer or speaker to lay emphasis on their point of view in a more colourful way than simple grammar and vocabulary allow. There are many figures of speech and four of the important ones are simile, metaphor, hyperbole and personification.

A simile is a figure of speech that uses comparison as a means of communicating something forcefully. Similes use the words ‘as’ and ‘like’ to directly compare. In the Dhoni example you will notice that ‘as’ is used. An example with ‘like’ is ‘he smoked LIKE a chimney’ where a person is said to be smoking so much that their cigarettes make as much smoke as a chimney does!

The purpose of a simile is to allow the writer or speaker to use a technique whereby a feeling, idea or meaning supports the main idea and the technique is the comparison with something more popular and easily understood by the reader or listener. Similes can help make the English language funny, serious, mean, or creative. Take this quiz and see how many of the following similes you can correctly identify.

1.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "The ship capsized and sunk like a ---."
Knife
Cement mixer
Cord
Stone
Cut like a knife, churn like a cement mixer and knotted like a cord are the similes for the words in the other options
2.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "She was as light as a ---."
Feather
Coal
Elephant
Bat
As black as coal, as big as an elephant and as blind as a bat are the similes for the words in the other options
3.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "The night was as black as ---."
Doornail
Dirt
Coal
Lead
As dead as a doornail, as cheap as dirt and as heavy as lead are the similes for the words in the other options
4.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "The road is as straight as an ---."
Ice
Owl
Ox
Arrow
As cold as ice, as wise as an owl and as strong as an ox are the similes for the words in the other options
5.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "Lakshmi is usually as quiet as a ---."
Bird
Fox
Lion
Sleeping baby
As free as a bird, as cunning as a fox and as brave as a lion are the similes for the words in the other options
6.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "He went on babbling like a ---."
Bird
Bow
Child
Pearls
Flitted like a bird, bent like a bow and gleamed like pearls are the similes for the words in the other options
7.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "He was so scared that he shook like a ---."
Windmill
Rock
Jelly
Nimbus
Clatters like a windmill, steady like a rock and shine like a nimbus are the similes for the words in the other options
8.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "Prakash's socks smelt like a ---."
Dead skunk
Flower
Snow
Dawn
Bloom like a flower, melt away like snow and shine like the dawn are the similes for the words in the other options
9.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "Navneet can swim like a ---."
Church mouse
Fish
Eel
Dog
As quiet as a church mouse, as slippery as an eel and as sick as a dog are the similes for the words in the other options
10.
Complete the simile by filling up the blank: "The fire alarm was like a screaming ---."
Baby
Fire
Thistledown
Steel
Blind rage like a fire, floats into the air like thistledown and tempered like steel are the similes for the words in the other options
Author:  V T Narendra

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