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Sayings Quiz: Patience

Try this fun quiz to check your understanding of English sayings. To learn more about an individual saying, click on the "more about this saying" link.

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1. A watched pot never boils

When we say that "a watched pot never boils" we mean that it
  1. seems to take forever
  2. does take forever
  3. never takes forever
more about this saying: A watched pot never boils

2. All things are difficult before they are easy

The saying "All things are difficult before they are easy" suggests that after study or training things become
  1. difficult
  2. easier
  3. more difficult

3. Beware the fury of a patient man

The saying "Beware the fury of a patient man" warns us
  1. not to be impatient
  2. not to push impatient people too far
  3. not to push patient people too far
more about this saying: Beware the fury of a patient man

4. Everything comes to him who waits

If "everything comes to him who waits", then patient people
  1. immediately get what they want
  2. never get what they want
  3. get what they want
more about this saying: Everything comes to him who waits

5. First things first

Jack and Jill wanted to start a business. "First things first," said John. "We need to
  1. rent an office"
  2. borrow money from a bank"
  3. make a business plan"
more about this saying: First things first

6. Patience is a virtue

"Patience is a virtue" suggests that getting angry when you have to wait is
  1. a good personal trait
  2. a bad personal trait
  3. a sign of patience
more about this saying: Patience is a virtue

7. Patience surpasses learning

If "Patience surpasses learning", which of these is superior?
  1. the ability to tolerate delay calmly
  2. a good education
  3. a surplus of education
more about this saying: Patience surpasses learning

8. Rome wasn't built in a day

Angela told her son that "Rome wasn't built in a day" when he
  1. said that the flight to Rome was going to be late
  2. complained that his new website was taking a long time to create
  3. asked how long it took the Romans to build Rome
more about this saying: Rome wasn't built in a day

9. They also serve who only stand and wait

"They also serve who only stand and wait" suggests that we all have a place in this world whether or not we have
  1. any disabilities
  2. waited a long time
  3. served a long time

10. We must learn to walk before we can run

If "we must learn to walk before we can run", what must we learn to do before we can write?
  1. run
  2. crawl
  3. read

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