1. What is meant by the following comparison used
by the author when explaining a shrew? A shrew is a tiny creature
scarcely bigger than a peanut, but with wit as sharp as its teeth.
Possible Answer: I think the author is trying to tell the reader
that even though a shrew is a very tiny animal it is a very cleaver and
wise animal. It is as clever and wise as its sharp teeth. It is as
tiny as a peanut.
2. Create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting
a mouse and a shrew.
Possible Differences: shrew is smaller and has a bigger snout, mice can
be grey or brown
Possible Similarities: both small, both live underground
3. Explain why you believe Mrs. Frisby was not
killed by Dragon the cat as she passed by him.
Possible Answer: I believe Dragon was fast asleep in the sun and
did not even notice Mrs. Frisby. When cats lie in the sun they get
very drowsy and are many times unaware of what is going on because they
are so comfortable.
4. Mrs. Frisby observes a group of rats marching
along as if they were soldiers. This is a simile
because a comparison is being made using the word like or as.
Develop eight sentences using similes.
The lake looked like a mirror.
The sun was as warm as a fire.
5. Why do you think owls are characterized as
being "wise" birds?
Possible Answer: I think owls are known to be wise because every
book we read tells us that. From when we are very little children we
are told that owls are wise birds. Who has not heard the
phrase? a wise old owl