Proverbs

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  • Q1

    Rearrange the following to form meaningful proverbs.

    (i) speak/ than /louder / words/actions.

    (ii) fair/love /all’s /and /war /in.

    (iii) to /lead /roads /all /Rome.

    (iv) that /well /all’s / well/ ends.

    (v) bite /dogs /seldom /barking.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (i) Actions speak louder than words.

    (ii) All’s fair in love and war.

    (iii) All roads lead to Rome.

    (iv) All’s well that ends well.

    (v) Barking dogs seldom bite.

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  • Q2

    Fill in the blanks with suitable proverbs.

    (i) John has a way of convincing people through his writings as his ______.

    (ii) Martha was hesitant to go to the street festival but her friend told her _____.

    (iii) I waited for the hotel representative to help me, but now I understand that ____.

    (iv) Edward is a proud man but he doesn’t understand that he will need someone in his life because _______.

    (v) Mrs. Wilson doesn’t like her neighbours and talks ill of them. But she should understand that ______.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (i) John has a way of convincing people through his writings as his pen is mightier than the sword.

    (ii) Martha was hesitant to go to the street festival but her friend told her when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

    (iii) I waited for the hotel representative to help me, but now I understand that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

    (iv) Edward is a proud man but he doesn’t understand that he will need someone in his life because no man is an island.

    (v) Mrs. Wilson doesn’t like her neighbours and talks ill of them. But she should understand that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

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  • Q3

    Complete the proverbs below.

    (i) People living in ____ should not throw stones.

    (ii) ____, do as the Romans do.

    (iii) Don’t cry over ____.

    (iv) A _____ dreads fire.

    (v) One man’s ____ is another’s poison.

    (vi) _____ has a silver lining.

    (vii) Like father _____.

    (viii) _____ hear no good of themselves.

    (ix) Out of sight, ______.

    (x) _______ are made to be kept.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    (i) People living in glass houses should not throw stones.

    (ii) When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

    (iii) Don’t cry over spilt milk.

    (iv) A burnt child dreads fire.

    (v) One man’s meat is another’s poison.

    (vi) Every cloud has a silver lining.

    (vii) Like father like son.

    (viii) Listeners hear no good of themselves.

    (ix) Out of sight, out of mind.

    (x) Promises are made to be kept.

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  • Q4

    Below are parts of common proverbs. Write the missing piece

    a. is the best policy.

    b. Absence makes the .

    c. All that glitters .

    d. Beggars _____________________________.

    e. The pen is ___________________________.

    f. _____________________ catches the worm.

    g. A rolling stone ___________________.

    h. ___________________ for everything.

    i Time is the best __________________.

    j. Where there’s a will ,__________.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    1. Honesty is the best policy.
    2. Absence makes the heart grows fonder.
    3. All that glitters is not gold.
    4. Beggars can’t be choosers.
    5. The pen is mightier than the sword.
    6. The early bird catches the worm.
    7. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
    8. There is a time for everything.
    9. Time is the best policy.
    10. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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  • Q5

    Match the following proverbs with their correct meaning:

    1. Bad news travels fast A One should do a thing at the right time, at the right place
    2. Easy come easy go B Taking immediate action at the right time saves a lot of work later
    3. There is no smoke without fire C one must not depend solely on divine help but must work to get what one wants.
    Rome was not built in a day

    D One needs to see something before one can believe it.

    5. Crying over spilt milk E What has been acquired too easily, without effort or trouble is likely to be spent or lost.
    6. God help those who help themselves. F Time, patience and hard work are needed for an important and difficult task.
    7. Seeing is believing. G The pleasure that a beautiful object, person or scene gives will remain forever.
    8. A stitch in time saves nine. H Rumors do not arise from nothing; there must be some reason behind them.
    9. A thing of beauty is joy forever. I Do not be upset about making a mistake, since it cannot be corrected.
    10. There is a time for everything J Unpleasant facts spread rapidly and widely.

    Marks:10
    Answer:

    1. Bad news travels fast J Unpleasant facts spread rapidly and widely
    2. Easy come easy go E What has been acquired too easily, without effort or trouble is likely to be spent or lost easily.
    3. There is no smoke without fire H Rumors do not arise from nothing; there must be some reason.
    4. Rome was not built in a day. F Time, patience and hard work are needed for an important and difficult task.
    5. Crying over spilt milk. I Do not be upset about making a mistake, since it cannot be corrected.
    6. God help those who help themselves. C one must not depend solely on divine help but must work to get what one wants.
    7. Seeing is believing. G One needs to see something before one can believe it.
    8. A stitch in time saves nine. B Taking immediate action at the right time saves a lot of work later.
    9. A thing of beauty is joy forever D The pleasure that a beautiful object, person or scene gives will remain intact forever.
    10. There is a time for everything. A One should do a thing at the right time, at the right place

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