UKUK USUSIndiaIndia

Every Question Helps You Learn

Join Us
Streak
Leading Streak Today
Your Streak Today
Streak
Leading Streak Today
Your Streak Today
Metaphors
The boy had 'ears like bombs'!

Metaphors

Get ready for a fun KS2 English quiz all about metaphors! Metaphors are like special sayings in stories. In a poem, Charles Causley describes a boy with 'ears like bombs' and 'teeth like splinters'. Then, a surprise - 'his hair is an exclamation mark'! Similes compare things, but metaphors say something is actually something else. Can you spot the difference between a simile and a metaphor?

Make your stories and poems super interesting by using metaphors and similes. When you write next time, try adding one of each!

Take the challenge with this cool English quiz!

Discover the Joy of Learning Together with Quizzes
To see a larger image, click on the picture.
1.
Which of the following is a metaphor?
The ship ploughed through the waves.
Suddenly, the dancer wobbled like a top.
The kitten cried like a baby.
The moon shone as bright as the sun.
The other answers are similes.
2.
Which of the following is a metaphor?
The cat slipped through the grass like a stealthy tiger.
The cat was a stealthy tiger, slipping through the long grass.
The cat was as stealthy as a tiger.
The cat slipped through the grass as stealthily as a tiger.
These phrases: 'as ... as' and 'like a...', belong to similes. A metaphor explains that a thing or person IS something else, rather than like something else.
3.
Complete this metaphor: She showed no sympathy or feelings for others, her heart was a ____.
night star.
golden locket.
stone.
lively spring.
Poets enjoy using metaphors for the heart - a heart can also be a 'closed book' or a 'traitor'!
4.
Complete this metaphor: In the stadium, the cheering crowd was a ____ of blue.
sea
collection
sky
pile
'A sky of blue' doesn't go with the 'cheering crowd'.
5.
Which of these is NOT a metaphor?
The sky was a blanket of clouds.
The sea was a roaring tiger.
She stood as still as a statue.
The lake was a mirror, perfectly reflecting the shoreline.
'As still as a statue' is a simile.
6.
Complete this metaphor: The narrow road ____ its way through the mountain pass.
lost
wriggled
snaked
continued on
Each of the answers works in the sentence, but only 'snaked' creates a metaphor - the road 'is' a snake.
7.
Complete this metaphor: With its locked doors and tiny window, the dark, cold room was a ____.
prison.
library.
classroom.
palace.
If you imagine being in that room, which of the four answers best fits?
8.
Which of these is NOT a metaphor?
A thick blanket of snow lay over the hills.
A fleece of snow had covered the field overnight.
Snow covered the hills like a blanket.
The field was a carpet of daisies.
In the first two answers, snow is 'a thick blanket' or 'a fleece'. In the fourth answer, the field is 'a carpet'.
9.
Complete this metaphor: The stars were glittering ____ in the sky.
dustily
like jewels
like gold
diamonds
The second and third answers are similes.
10.
Which of the following is a metaphor?
The trees snapped like matchsticks.
He crept as quietly as a mouse.
He crept quietly like a mouse.
The trees were matchsticks, snapping in the fierce winds.
All the other answers have the words 'like' or 'as a' which should have given you a big clue!
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - What are metaphors and similes?

Author:  Sheri Smith

© Copyright 2016-2024 - Education Quizzes
Work Innovate Ltd - Design | Development | Marketing