Expressions Quiz: Moods

You can do this quiz online or print it on paper. It tests comprehension of common English expressions used when talking about our own or another person's moods.

Read each sentence and choose the answer with the closest meaning to the words in italics.

1. My sister's been in seventh heaven ever since she left her husband.

very lonely
very happy
very sad
a) very lonely b) very happy c) very sad

2. Andy's been depressed all day. Why doesn't he just snap out of it?

change his mood
accept his mood
enjoy his mood
a) change his mood b) accept his mood c) enjoy his mood

3. I was in a bad mood already, so when the cashier was rude to me I went ballistic.

laughed at him
ignored him
became furious
a) laughed at him b) ignored him c) became furious

4. Our little boy's in one of those moods when he'll stop at nothing to get what he wants.

do anything
do nothing
stop trying
a) do anything b) do nothing c) stop trying

5. Nancy looked as if she didn’t have a care in the world.

wasn't worried about anything
didn't care about anything
didn't care about the world
a) wasn't worried about anything b) didn't care about anything c) didn't care about the world

6. He's always saying he'll quit smoking, but I think he means business this time.

is only joking
is very determined
is being businesslike
a) is only joking b) is very determined c) is being businesslike

7. My girlfriend can be as stubborn as a mule when she wants to be.

not stubborn enough
quite stubborn
extremely stubborn
a) not stubborn enough b) quite stubborn c) extremely stubborn

8. After winning the election, Joe was feeling on top of the world.

very happy
very powerful
very isolated
a) very happy b) very powerful c) very isolated

9. Donald has been out of sorts ever since he failed to win.

in a good mood
in a funny mood
in a bad mood
a) in a good mood b) in a funny mood c) in a bad mood

10. It looks like Rosa got out of the wrong side of bed again.

got very little sleep
woke up in a bad mood
woke up in a good mood
a) got very little sleep b) woke up in a bad mood c) woke up in a good mood

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Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers. He is also creator of WORD UP, the world's #1 EFL board game.