Identifying Similes and Metaphors
Decide whether each sentence contains a simile or a metaphor. Write the word “simile” if the sentence contains a simile. Write the word “metaphor” if the sentence contains a metaphor.
1. The baby was like an octopus, grabbing for all the cans on the grocery store shelves.
2. As the principal entered the room she muttered, "This class is like a three-ring circus!"
3. The giant’s steps were thunder as he ran toward Jack.
4. The pillow was a cloud for my sore head after a long day of beating it against life.
5. After swimming twenty laps I felt like a limp dishrag.
6. Jack and Jim are two peas in a pod.
7. The teacher’s smile was the sun during our test.
8. No one invites Danni to parties because she’s a wet blanket.
9. The bar of soap was a slippery eel during the dog’s bath.
10. Ted was as nervous as a cat with a long tail in a room full of rocking chairs.
11. Mom’s eyebrows were like express up elevators when she saw my sisters shorts.
Answers: 1. simile, 2. simile, 3. metaphor, 4. metaphor, 5. simile, 6. metaphor, 7. metaphor, 8. metaphor, 9. metaphor, 10. simile, 11. simile