Proverbs

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  • Q1

    What is the meaning of the proverb, 'A drowning man will clutch at a straw?

    Marks:1
    Answer:

    For a person in distress any help is valuable.

    Explanation:

    A person who is in great distress will grab any help available in order to survive.

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  • Q2

    What is the meaning of the proverb, 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’?

    Marks:1
    Answer:

    Don’t risk what you already have to get what you desire.

    Explanation:

    It is foolishness to risk losing something that one already has trying to get something that he/she may think might be better.

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  • Q3

    Match the following

    a) The proof of the pudding - Human beings do not thrive when isolated

    b) Share and share alike - It’s easier to do something as a team

    c) No man is an island - Everything ends

    d) All good things must come to an end - Give equal shares to all.

    e)Two heads are better than one - To fully test something you need to experience it yourself.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    a) The proof of the pudding - To fully test something you need to experience it yourself.

    b) Share and share alike - Give equal shares to all.

    c) No man is an island - Human beings do not thrive when isolated

    d) All good things must come to an end - Everything ends

    e)Two heads are better than one - It’s easier to do something as a team

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  • Q4

    Complete the English proverbs

    a) When in Rome, do ________.

    b) You can't make a silk purse out of ________.

    c) Half a loaf is better than _______.

    d) Necessity is the mother _______.

    e) Too many cooks ________.

    f) Hunger is the best _______.

    g) A fool and his money _______.

    h) A house divided against itself ______.

    i) A little learning is _______.

    j) Rob Peter to ________.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    a) When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

    b) You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

    c) Half a loaf is better than no bread.

    d) Necessity is the mother of invention.

    e) Too many cooks spoil the broth.

    f) Hunger is the best sauce.

    g) A fool and his money are soon parted.

    h) A house divided against itself cannot stand.

    i) A little learning is a dangerous thing.

    j) Rob Peter to pay Paul.

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  • Q5

    I. Which of the proverbs mean the same as these sentences.

    a) Do not discard something valuable in your eagerness to get rid of some useless thing associated with it.

    b) Those of similar taste congregate in groups.

    c) Don't pay someone to do a task and then do it yourself.

    d) Nothing is irreversible until the final act is played out.

    e) When too many people work together on a project, the result is inferior.

    f) The notion that things cannot change their innate nature.

    g) Someone who does not settle in one place rarely prospers.

    h) A timely effort will prevent more work later.

    i) Don't trust your enemies.

    j) Turn to peaceful pursuits and away from war.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    a) Don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

    b) Birds of a feather flock together.

    c) Don't keep a dog and bark yourself.

    d) It isn’t over till the fat lady sings.

    e) Too many cooks spoil the broth.

    f) A leopard cannot change its spots.

    g) A rolling stone gathers no moss.

    h) A stitch in time saves nine.

    i) Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

    j) Beat swords into ploughshares.

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