GED Poetry… Ugh!

I started out talking about metaphors for the GED reading section last time… (Prospero Año Nuevo, by the way…) Anyway, it led me into poetry. I know, it’s the hardest thing, right? But the GED reading test’s gonna have poetry on it. And sometimes I like poetry, you know. It’s a matter of figuring out what they’re trying to say… that’s what reading’s about, right? It’s what the GED is about. Continue reading

GED Reading: Metaphor… Saying one thing to mean another…

Here’s something you need to know for GED reading… One thing that’s on the GED test and that confuses people when they’re reading (me, at least!) is what’s called a metaphor. Do you remember learning about them in high school? Metaphors are used in literature all the time. That’s when you say one thing, but you really mean another thing. Continue reading

GED Reading: Books Online

Hola, GED readers! You know, one of the best ways to improve your reading is to start reading every day. And read things that you like, make it your new hobby. If you read all the time, you’ll get to be a much better reader even before you know it. You can read to your children… that’s one of the things I do with my son, is read him from books, like Peter Pan. It’s good for him, because it makes him interested in reading, and it’s good for my reading, too. Of course, it’s fun to read for yourself, too. And I found out, there’s a lot of free books online to read.

I found books at the Online Books Page, Classic Reader and also Google Books (if you search for “full view”). It’s easy to find  a book to read, any time. I like to read mysteries, because they’re sort of like puzzles, to think about what the solution is. I started reading this one I found on Classic Reader, called Where There’s a Will. So, I thought I’d make a GED reading practice question from it… Here it is!

He sauntered over and dropped a quarter into the slot-machine by the door, but the thing was frozen up and refused to work. I’ve seen the time when Mr. Sam would have kicked it, but he merely looked at it and then at me.

“Turned virtuous, like everthing else around the place. Not that I don’t approve of virtue, Minnie, but I haven’t got used to putting my foot on the brass rail of the bar and ordering a nut sundae…”

When Mr. Sam says “ordering a nut sundae,” it’s a metaphor for:

1) going crazy

2) being virtuous

3) gambling

4) being sinful

What do you think? Can you answer the question? Continue reading