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Idioms Quiz: Nature 1

This quiz tests you on Nature idioms.

1. a drop in the ocean

If something is described as being a drop in the ocean, it is

a. a small part of what's needed

b. a huge part of what's needed

c. all that's needed

2. a ray of sunshine

The kids in the hospital had a ray of sunshine in their lives when

a. some famous footballers visited them

b. they were taken to sit outside in the sun

c. the nurses checked their blood pressure

3. a voice (crying) in the wilderness

Ken says he feels like a voice crying in the wilderness because

a. he likes the sounds of wild animals

b. he hurt his leg while hiking in the forest

c. nobody seems to support his opinions

4. answer the call of nature

While they were driving, Louisa said she had to answer the call of nature, so Mario

a. gave her his phone

b. said they'd go camping on the weekend

c. stopped the car when they found a bathroom

5. at sea | all at sea

Grant felt all at sea because

a. he was sick of his job

b. he was enjoying sailing

c. it was his first day at university

6. beat around the bush | beat about the bush

It's hard not to beat around the bush when you have to

a. put out a bushfire

b. give someone some good news

c. tell someone some bad news

7. can't see the forest for the trees

Our operations manager can't see the forest for the trees because

a. he doesn't know where to look

b. he's too deep in the forest

c. he's too involved in day-to-day matters

8. can't see the wood for the trees

The safety officer can't see the wood for the trees because

a. she's too focused on safety issues

b. she thinks all the trees look the same

c. she doesn't know which way to look

9. down to earth

Which person would most people expect to be the most down to earth?

a. a poet

b. an artist

c. a farmer

10. go with the flow

I'm trying to go with the flow more and

a. float down the river

b. be more relaxed about things

c. control every aspect of my life

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1. a drop in the ocean - If something is described as being a drop in the ocean, it is: a) a small part of what's needed b) a huge part of what's needed c) all that's needed

2. a ray of sunshine - The kids in the hospital had a ray of sunshine in their lives when: a) some famous footballers visited them b) they were taken to sit outside in the sun c) the nurses checked their blood pressure

3. a voice (crying) in the wilderness - Ken says he feels like a voice crying in the wilderness because: a) he likes the sounds of wild animals b) he hurt his leg while hiking in the forest c) nobody seems to support his opinions

4. answer the call of nature - While they were driving, Louisa said she had to answer the call of nature, so Mario: a) gave her his phone b) said they'd go camping on the weekend c) stopped the car when they found a bathroom

5. at sea | all at sea - Grant felt all at sea because: a) he was sick of his job b) he was enjoying sailing c) it was his first day at university

6. beat around the bush | beat about the bush - It's hard not to beat around the bush when you have to: a) put out a bushfire b) give someone some good news c) tell someone some bad news

7. can't see the forest for the trees - Our operations manager can't see the forest for the trees because: a) he doesn't know where to look b) he's too deep in the forest c) he's too involved in day-to-day matters

8. can't see the wood for the trees - The safety officer can't see the wood for the trees because: a) she's too focused on safety issues b) she thinks all the trees look the same c) she doesn't know which way to look

9. down to earth - Which person would most people expect to be the most down to earth?: a) a poet b) an artist c) a farmer

10. go with the flow - I'm trying to go with the flow more and: a) float down the river b) be more relaxed about things c) control every aspect of my life

Contributor: Matt Errey