Similies Quiz

Test yourself with a small selection from Similes Dictionary by Elyse Sommer (Visible Ink Press / May 2013 / $29.95). Match the simile with its originator.


A. Plato
B. Maureen Dowd
C. Noel Coward
D. Zsa Zsa Gabor
E. George Eliot
F. Arthur Miller, A View from the Bridge
G. Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale
H. Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer
I. E.B. White
J. David Mamet
K. Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely
L. John Gay, “A New Song of Similes”
M. Jackson Browne, “Running on Empty”


1. Cold as a dead man’s nose. Reveal

2. She feeds his ego like a goose destined for pâté. Reveal

3. Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields. Reveal

4. The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. Reveal

5. Happy as a bee. Reveal

6. Good skiing is like good sex; it is all about instincts and movement and taking risks. Reveal

7. My passion is as mustard strong; / I sit all sober sad; / Drunk as a piper all day long, / Or like a March-hare mad. Reveal

8. Records fell like ripe apples on a windy day. Reveal

9. He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food. Reveal

10. Being a writer in Hollywood is like going into Hitler's Eagle's Nest with a great idea for a bar mitzvah. Reveal

11. A passion that had moved into his body, like a stranger. Reveal

12. Virtue is a kind of health, beauty and good habit of the soul. Reveal

13. Husbands are like fires. They go out when unattended. Reveal

Also available, the Metaphors Dictionary by Elyse Sommer (Visible Ink Press, $29.95).