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Idioms Quiz: Mixed 2

1. (it) stands to reason

It stands to reason that the best way to learn to speak a foreign language is to

a. read about it

b. think about it

c. practise using it

2. (someone's) name is mud

Her name is mud these days because

a. she changed it

b. she didn't clean up

c. she was caught cheating

3. (something) escapes you

Her name escaped me just as I was introducing her to other guests. I felt

a. really embarrassed

b. very proud

c. quite angry

4. a bag of tricks

Which of the following might a politician pull out of his bag of tricks during an election campaign?

a. a pack of cards

b. a white rabbit

c. a promise to cut taxes

5. a wake-up call

The bombing of their embassy should have been a wake-up call that told them many people

a. liked what their country was doing

b. didn't like what their country was doing

c. didn't care what their country was doing

6. agree to differ | agree to disagree

After arguing about politics for months, Julie and her husband agreed to disagree, and they

a. got divorced

b. found a new topic to disagree on

c. stopped arguing about politics

7. get a look in

The university was supposed to be open to everyone, but you wouldn't get a look in unless you

a. went to a famous high school

b. went to a normal high school

c. hadn't been to high school

8. I owe you one!

Johnny was very grateful and said "Man, I really owe you one!" after I'd

a. saved his drowning son

b. passed him the salt

c. opened the door for him

9. keep a low profile

Marco tried to keep a low profile because he didn't want to be

a. ignored by the public

b. bothered by the media

c. paid by his employer

10. x-factor

Jim's definitely got the x-factor. He's

a. just had an x-ray

b. putting on weight

c. an amazing performer

NB: you can also print this quiz on paper.

1. (it) stands to reason - It stands to reason that the best way to learn to speak a foreign language is to: a) read about it b) think about it c) practise using it

2. (someone's) name is mud - Her name is mud these days because: a) she changed it b) she didn't clean up c) she was caught cheating

3. (something) escapes you - Her name escaped me just as I was introducing her to other guests. I felt: a) really embarrassed b) very proud c) quite angry

4. a bag of tricks - Which of the following might a politician pull out of his bag of tricks during an election campaign?: a) a pack of cards b) a white rabbit c) a promise to cut taxes

5. a wake-up call - The bombing of their embassy should have been a wake-up call that told them many people: a) liked what their country was doing b) didn't like what their country was doing c) didn't care what their country was doing

6. agree to differ | agree to disagree - After arguing about politics for months, Julie and her husband agreed to disagree, and they: a) got divorced b) found a new topic to disagree on c) stopped arguing about politics

7. get a look in - The university was supposed to be open to everyone, but you wouldn't get a look in unless you: a) went to a famous high school b) went to a normal high school c) hadn't been to high school

8. I owe you one! - Johnny was very grateful and said "Man, I really owe you one!" after I'd: a) saved his drowning son b) passed him the salt c) opened the door for him

9. keep a low profile - Marco tried to keep a low profile because he didn't want to be: a) ignored by the public b) bothered by the media c) paid by his employer

10. x-factor - Jim's definitely got the x-factor. He's: a) just had an x-ray b) putting on weight c) an amazing performer

Contributor: Matt Errey