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The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner


by Randall Jarrell

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner: Sometimes a Turret is Just a Turret True or False

1. In line 1, "the State" refers to… -> Tennessee
2. In line 2, the speaker is "hunched" in the "belly" of… -> a pig
3. The "turret" in the poem functions metaphorically as… -> Elvis
4. In a literal reading, what is the "wet fur" in line 2? -> There's a wet monkey in the turret.
5. The image of the gunner "hunched in" the bomber's "belly" brings to mind the image of… -> riding in the front seat of your friend's VW bug