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Idioms Quiz: Animals 1

This quiz tests you on animal idioms.

1. (it's) raining cats and dogs

It's raining cats and dogs, so

a. watch out for falling animals

b. make sure you take an umbrella

c. keep your pets inside

2. (like) water off a duck's back

Many people claim that insults or negative comments are like water off a duck's back, but in reality, many of them are

a. pleased by such things

b. upset by such things

c. unaffected by such things

3. a night owl

Cassandra is a night owl, so she doesn't usually get up until about

a. 11 a.m.

b. 11 p.m.

c. 7 a.m.

4. a queer fish

People used to say Uncle Charlie was a queer fish because he

a. talked to himself

b. didn't like fishing

c. loved swimming

5. a whale of a time

Ollie said he had a whale of a time at the jazz festival and he

a. wishes he hadn't gone

b. wants to go again next year

c. probably won't bother going again

6. a wolf in sheep's clothing

We realised the teacher was a wolf in sheep's clothing when he

a. was seen smoking a cigarette in a bar

b. was given the "Teacher of the Year" award

c. was arrested for abusing one of his students

7. can of worms

The investigators knew that examining the company's books might open a can of worms. They suspected there'd be

a. a huge number of worms

b. nothing seriously wrong

c. evidence of serious crimes

8. chickens come home to roost

The chickens are coming home to roost for Dennis at last. For years he treated his wife and children badly, and now

a. they're taking care of him

b. they're still putting up with him

c. they've left and he's old and lonely

9. drink like a fish

Even though uncle Barry drinks like a fish, he

a. never drinks alcohol

b. never looks drunk

c. never drinks much

10. zebra crossing

A zebra crossing is a place for

a. zebras to cross the road

b. people to cross the road

c. cars to run people over

NB: you can also print this quiz on paper.

1. (it's) raining cats and dogs - It's raining cats and dogs, so: a) watch out for falling animals b) make sure you take an umbrella c) keep your pets inside

2. (like) water off a duck's back - Many people claim that insults or negative comments are like water off a duck's back, but in reality, many of them are: a) pleased by such things b) upset by such things c) unaffected by such things

3. a night owl - Cassandra is a night owl, so she doesn't usually get up until about: a) 11 a.m. b) 11 p.m. c) 7 a.m.

4. a queer fish - People used to say Uncle Charlie was a queer fish because he: a) talked to himself b) didn't like fishing c) loved swimming

5. a whale of a time - Ollie said he had a whale of a time at the jazz festival and he: a) wishes he hadn't gone b) wants to go again next year c) probably won't bother going again

6. a wolf in sheep's clothing - We realised the teacher was a wolf in sheep's clothing when he: a) was seen smoking a cigarette in a bar b) was given the "Teacher of the Year" award c) was arrested for abusing one of his students

7. can of worms - The investigators knew that examining the company's books might open a can of worms. They suspected there'd be: a) a huge number of worms b) nothing seriously wrong c) evidence of serious crimes

8. chickens come home to roost - The chickens are coming home to roost for Dennis at last. For years he treated his wife and children badly, and now: a) they're taking care of him b) they're still putting up with him c) they've left and he's old and lonely

9. drink like a fish - Even though uncle Barry drinks like a fish, he: a) never drinks alcohol b) never looks drunk c) never drinks much

10. zebra crossing - A zebra crossing is a place for: a) zebras to cross the road b) people to cross the road c) cars to run people over

Contributor: Matt Errey