The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
by Randall Jarrell
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner: Sometimes a Turret is Just a Turret Quiz
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Q. In line 1, "the State" refers to…
a TV show
Q. In line 2, the speaker is "hunched" in the "belly" of…
the nightmare fighters
Q. The "turret" in the poem functions metaphorically as…
Q. In a literal reading, what is the "wet fur" in line 2?
There's a wet monkey in the turret.
The fleece lining of the gunner's jacket is soaked with sweat.
The gunner happened to be a really hairy guy.
All of the above—it was a really crowded turret.
Q. The image of the gunner "hunched in" the bomber's "belly" brings to mind the image of…
riding in the back seat of your friend's VW bug
riding in the front seat of your friend's VW bug
a fetus in the womb