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by Kay Ryan

Turtle: Food for Thought True or False

1. In line 2, the metaphor of the "hard roll" suggests that the turtle -> may be stalked by other hungry animals.
2. In line 4, the reference to "the grasses that she eats" provides -> a symbol of the hazards the turtle faces.
3. Why does the poem's speaker compare the turtle's shell to a serving dish? -> To show that the turtle works part-time as a waitress at the local diner
4. The reference to a "helmet" in line 2 most clearly suggests that the turtle -> feels safe and secure within her helmet-shaped shell.
5. Why does the turtle keep exposing herself to dangerous situations? -> Because she has lost hope