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Sayings Quiz: Mixed 7

1. Man proposes, God disposes

The saying "Man proposes, God disposes" suggests that people have

a. free will

b. limited free will

c. silly ideas

2. Neither a borrower nor a lender be

The saying "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" is self-evidently not a philosophy of

a. the library system

b. the justice system

c. the banking system

3. No news is good news

If we accept that "no news is good news", then without information to the contrary we can assume that

a. there is no good news

b. all is not well

c. all is well

4. One good turn deserves another

You might say "one good turn deserves another" to

a. a policeman who has arrested you

b. a friend who has helped you

c. a friend you have just helped

5. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

The saying "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" is really about

a. people who live in greenhouses

b. the dangers of hypocrisy

c. the fragility of glass

6. Riches have wings

People say that "riches have wings" because, if you are not careful, your money can

a. make more money

b. fly up in the air

c. easily leave you

7. Rome wasn't built in a day

Angela told her son that "Rome wasn't built in a day" when he

a. said that the flight to Rome was going to be late

b. complained that his new website was taking a long time to create

c. asked how long it took the Romans to build Rome

8. The darkest hour is always before dawn

You might say "the darkest hour is always before dawn" to a friend

a. going through a bad patch

b. who has just lost their car keys

c. you haven't seen for years

9. The Devil sometimes speaks the truth

"The Devil sometimes speaks the truth" in order to

a. enlighten us

b. confuse us

c. look bad

10. When one door shuts, another opens

If it's true that "when one door shuts, another opens", then a new opportunity will follow any

a. rejection

b. ejection

c. dejection

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1. The saying "Man proposes, God disposes" suggests that people have: a) free will b) limited free will c) silly ideas

2. The saying "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" is self-evidently not a philosophy of: a) the library system b) the justice system c) the banking system

3. If we accept that "no news is good news", then without information to the contrary we can assume that: a) there is no good news b) all is not well c) all is well

4. You might say "one good turn deserves another" to: a) a policeman who has arrested you b) a friend who has helped you c) a friend you have just helped

5. The saying "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" is really about: a) people who live in greenhouses b) the dangers of hypocrisy c) the fragility of glass

6. People say that "riches have wings" because, if you are not careful, your money can: a) make more money b) fly up in the air c) easily leave you

7. Angela told her son that "Rome wasn't built in a day" when he: a) said that the flight to Rome was going to be late b) complained that his new website was taking a long time to create c) asked how long it took the Romans to build Rome

8. You might say "the darkest hour is always before dawn" to a friend: a) going through a bad patch b) who has just lost their car keys c) you haven't seen for years

9. "The Devil sometimes speaks the truth" in order to: a) enlighten us b) confuse us c) look bad

10. If it's true that "when one door shuts, another opens", then a new opportunity will follow any: a) rejection b) ejection c) dejection

Contributor: Josef Essberger