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Idioms Quiz: Mixed 8

1. a jack of all trades

For which job would a jack of all trades be best suited?

a. a dealer in a casino

b. a caretaker in a school

c. a teller in a bank

2. back to the drawing board

We started an online business, but after a while it was back to the drawing board because

a. we couldn't make a profit

b. we made a lot of money

c. we wanted to improve our drawing

3. dig up dirt

A journalist is digging up dirt on a politician in order to

a. help the politician's campaign

b. damage the politician's image

c. increase the politician's popularity

4. fly off the handle

We were having dinner in a restaurant last night when this guy at the next table flew off the handle because

a. the food was so delicious

b. the waiter was so handsome

c. the waiter brought the wrong thing

5. have a soft spot for

You can see that Mike's got a soft spot for dogs. Whenever he sees one, he

a. kicks it

b. pats it on the head

c. keeps away from it

6. leave no stone unturned

Henry said he'd leave no stone unturned in his search for a woman to marry. He will

a. look for women under stones

b. try everything to find a wife

c. marry any woman who accepts him

7. ring a bell

When I heard the poem, some of the lines rang a bell and

a. some of them beat a drum

b. sounded very beautiful

c. I thought I'd heard it somewhere before

8. take the plunge

Monique has decided to take the plunge and

a. keep her job for a while

b. start up her own business

c. put all her money in the bank

9. up in the air

We'll have to leave the list of guests we're inviting to our wedding up in the air until we know

a. how many we can invite

b. what the weather will be like

c. if any are of them are afraid of heights

10. You could have knocked me over with a feather.

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard that

a. we were having sandwiches for lunch

b. the electricity bill had arrived

c. I had won a million dollars in the lottery

NB: you can also print this quiz on paper.

1. a jack of all trades - For which job would a jack of all trades be best suited?: a) a dealer in a casino b) a caretaker in a school c) a teller in a bank

2. back to the drawing board - We started an online business, but after a while it was back to the drawing board because: a) we couldn't make a profit b) we made a lot of money c) we wanted to improve our drawing

3. dig up dirt - A journalist is digging up dirt on a politician in order to: a) help the politician's campaign b) damage the politician's image c) increase the politician's popularity

4. fly off the handle - We were having dinner in a restaurant last night when this guy at the next table flew off the handle because: a) the food was so delicious b) the waiter was so handsome c) the waiter brought the wrong thing

5. have a soft spot for - You can see that Mike's got a soft spot for dogs. Whenever he sees one, he: a) kicks it b) pats it on the head c) keeps away from it

6. leave no stone unturned - Henry said he'd leave no stone unturned in his search for a woman to marry. He will: a) look for women under stones b) try everything to find a wife c) marry any woman who accepts him

7. ring a bell - When I heard the poem, some of the lines rang a bell and: a) some of them beat a drum b) sounded very beautiful c) I thought I'd heard it somewhere before

8. take the plunge - Monique has decided to take the plunge and: a) keep her job for a while b) start up her own business c) put all her money in the bank

9. up in the air - We'll have to leave the list of guests we're inviting to our wedding up in the air until we know : a) how many we can invite b) what the weather will be like c) if any are of them are afraid of heights

10. You could have knocked me over with a feather. - You could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard that: a) we were having sandwiches for lunch b) the electricity bill had arrived c) I had won a million dollars in the lottery

Contributor: Matt Errey