by Kay Ryan
Turtle: Food for Thought Quiz
Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Turtle? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. In line 2, the metaphor of the "hard roll" suggests that the turtle
feeds on grains and other plants.
may be stalked by other hungry animals.
retreats into her protective shell when threatened.
competes in a bread-making contest on Top Chef.
Q. In line 4, the reference to "the grasses that she eats" provides
a realistic detail about turtles.
an illustration of the turtle's patience.
a symbol of the hazards the turtle faces.
a reminder that the grass needs to be mowed.
Q. Why does the poem's speaker compare the turtle's shell to a serving dish?
To emphasize the turtle's humble expectations
To convey the turtle's simple pleasure in eating
To suggest the turtle's vulnerability to predators
To show that the turtle works part-time as a waitress at the local diner
Q. The reference to a "helmet" in line 2 most clearly suggests that the turtle
feels safe and secure within her helmet-shaped shell.
needs protection from animals that might attack her.
looks like a helmet when she is upside-down.
is having a bad hair day.
Q. Why does the turtle keep exposing herself to dangerous situations?
Because she is unlucky
Because she has lost hope
Because she must travel to find food
Because she loves the rush of extreme sports