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Sayings Quiz: Badness

This quiz tests you on sayings about badness.

1. A bad penny always turns up

If "a bad penny always turns up", a bad person always

a. reappears

b. disappears

c. turns good

2. Give a thief enough rope and he'll hang himself

If "Give a thief enough rope and he'll hang himself" is true, what will happen to a bad person who is not challenged? In the end, he will get himself

a. out of jail

b. out of trouble

c. into trouble

3. He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon

"He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon" so that he can

a. poke the devil in the eye

b. avoid getting too close to bad company

c. avoid burning his hand

4. Never do evil that good may come of it

If the saying "Never do evil that good may come of it" is right, then

a. it is sometimes ok to do something good

b. it is sometimes ok to do something bad

c. it is never ok to do something bad

5. One might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb

If "one might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb", then the canny sheep stealer will prefer to steal

a. a lamb

b. a sheep

c. two sheep

6. The end justifies the means

The government says that "the end justifies the means," so killing one thousand people to save one million people will

a. be acceptable

b. be unacceptable

c. have no meaning

7. The greater the sinner, the greater the saint

The saying "The greater the sinner, the greater the saint" implies that bad people

a. can become good people

b. can never become good people

c. are better than good people

8. The wages of sin is death

"The wages of sin is death" is

a. a principle of economics

b. a saying based on a quotation

c. grammatically incorrect

9. They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind

The proverb "They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind" expresses an idea shared by several

a. concepts

b. religions

c. climates

10. Two wrongs do not make a right

If "two wrongs do not make a right", we should counter one injustice with

a. another injustice

b. two more injustices

c. justice

NB: you can also print this quiz on paper.

1. If "a bad penny always turns up", a bad person always: a) reappears b) disappears c) turns good

2. If "Give a thief enough rope and he'll hang himself" is true, what will happen to a bad person who is not challenged? In the end, he will get himself: a) out of jail b) out of trouble c) into trouble

3. "He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon" so that he can: a) poke the devil in the eye b) avoid getting too close to bad company c) avoid burning his hand

4. If the saying "Never do evil that good may come of it" is right, then: a) it is sometimes ok to do something good b) it is sometimes ok to do something bad c) it is never ok to do something bad

5. If "one might as well be hanged for a sheep as for a lamb", then the canny sheep stealer will prefer to steal: a) a lamb b) a sheep c) two sheep

6. The government says that "the end justifies the means," so killing one thousand people to save one million people will: a) be acceptable b) be unacceptable c) have no meaning

7. The saying "The greater the sinner, the greater the saint" implies that bad people: a) can become good people b) can never become good people c) are better than good people

8. "The wages of sin is death" is: a) a principle of economics b) a saying based on a quotation c) grammatically incorrect

9. The proverb "They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind" expresses an idea shared by several: a) concepts b) religions c) climates

10. If "two wrongs do not make a right", we should counter one injustice with: a) another injustice b) two more injustices c) justice

Contributor: Josef Essberger