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Idioms Quiz: Nature 1

Many idioms are based on Nature and the laws of Nature. Test your knowledge of English idioms with the questions below. To learn more about an individual idiom, click on the "more about this idiom" link.

1. a drop in the ocean

If something is described as being a drop in the ocean, it is
  1. a small part of what's needed
  2. a huge part of what's needed
  3. all that's needed
more about this idiom: a drop in the ocean

2. a ray of sunshine

The kids in the hospital had a ray of sunshine in their lives when
  1. some famous footballers visited them
  2. they were taken to sit outside in the sun
  3. the nurses checked their blood pressure
more about this idiom: a ray of sunshine

3. a voice (crying) in the wilderness

Ken says he feels like a voice crying in the wilderness because
  1. he likes the sounds of wild animals
  2. he hurt his leg while hiking in the forest
  3. nobody seems to support his opinions
more about this idiom: a voice (crying) in the wilderness

4. answer the call of nature

While they were driving, Louisa said she had to answer the call of nature, so Mario
  1. gave her his phone
  2. said they'd go camping on the weekend
  3. stopped the car when they found a bathroom
more about this idiom: answer the call of nature

5. at sea | all at sea

Grant felt all at sea because
  1. he was sick of his job
  2. he was enjoying sailing
  3. it was his first day at university
more about this idiom: at sea | all at sea

6. beat around the bush | beat about the bush

It's hard not to beat around the bush when you have to
  1. put out a bushfire
  2. give someone some good news
  3. tell someone some bad news

7. can't see the forest for the trees

Our operations manager can't see the forest for the trees because
  1. he doesn't know where to look
  2. he's too deep in the forest
  3. he's too involved in day-to-day matters
more about this idiom: can't see the forest for the trees

8. can't see the wood for the trees

The safety officer can't see the wood for the trees because
  1. she's too focused on safety issues
  2. she thinks all the trees look the same
  3. she doesn't know which way to look
more about this idiom: can't see the wood for the trees

9. down to earth

Which person would most people expect to be the most down to earth?
  1. a poet
  2. an artist
  3. a farmer
more about this idiom: down to earth

10. go with the flow

I'm trying to go with the flow more and
  1. float down the river
  2. be more relaxed about things
  3. control every aspect of my life
more about this idiom: go with the flow

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