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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

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