5-1 Simile, Metaphor, or Hyperbole

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A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in "She is like a rose."

A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not really applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as, "A mighty fortress is our god."

A hyperbole is an intentional exaggeration not intended to be taken literally as in, "The soldiers jumped the castle walls."


Indicate if the sentence is an example of a simile, metaphor, or hyperbole.

1. The paper is as light as a feather.
2. The ocean was a raging bull.
3. An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
4. The streetlight was my security guard.
5. A gentle summer wind feels like a soft cotton sheet.
6. The ship plows the sea.
7. Her eyes shone like stars in the night sky.
8. All the world's a stage.
9. My little brother eats like a pig.
10. The tears flowed like a river.
11. Mr. Smith drank his tea in oceans.
12. Mom tore through my messy room looking for it.
13. The mayor's voice was a strong weapon.
14. The horse moved with lightning speed.
15. Jim is as stubborn as a mule.



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