Idiomatic expressions
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by Indi Alford
| 10 Questions
Note from the author:
Idioms in use multi choice & short answer test
1
1 pt
Yesterday, while Ms. Indi was talking sternly to a student, the student couldn't keep a straight face. It was hilarious!

What does the idiomatic expression mean in this sentence?
A - the student was trying not to laugh, but she failed.
B - the student was crying.
C - the student ran away.
D - the student was unhappy about the situation.
2
1 pt
"You always sit on the fence when it comes to difficult choices!" said Jack to his sister, Miri.
What does the idiomatic expression mean in this sentence?
A - Miri doesn't like sitting on chairs.
B - Jack doesn't like his sister.
C - Miri finds it hard to make difficult decisions.
D - Miri doesn't understand Jack.
3
1 pt
Yesterday was horrible. Almost everything went wrong, and my mum found out that it was me who broke her favourite necklace. She's coming home this afternoon from a long trip overseas and I don't want to tell her. I'll have to, I guess. Well, I better just face the music.
What does the idiomatic expression mean in this passage?
A - The writer needs to hide a secret from his/her mum.
B - The writer is going to show his/her mum some new music.
C - The writer has decided that he/she needs to confront a difficult situation.
D - The writer is nervous that his/her mum is coming home.
4
1 pt
I nervously entered the new classroom. The lights were bright, everything smelled new, and all I could see were the smiling faces of a whole bunch of kids I'd never met. All of a sudden, a tall, well-dressed man joined us in the room, singing at the top of his voice.
"Welcome, welcome, welcome Grade 5!" He sang happily as he winked at me.
I felt, at that moment, that we'd be off to a flying start in no time.
What does the idiomatic expression "off to a flying start" mean in this passage?
A - That Grade 5 would be very challenging.
B - That the student was new in class.
C - That Grade 4 was over and the student was sad.
D - That the student was expecting that she would have a good start of Grade 5.
5
1 pt
My family just couldn't make ends meet, so I had to get a job. I was only 14!
What does the idiomatic expression mean in this sentence?
A - That the writer's family wasn't happy.
B - That the writer liked working.
C - That the writer's family didn't have enough money to live.
D - That the writer was so young when he started working.
6
1 pt
I wrestled with the pile of clothes, looking for... "Found it!" I shouted to my best friend, Xuan.
I tried my favourite smiley-face t-shirt on, and phew - it still fit. Like a glove! All that excercise had paid off.
What does the idiomatic expression mean in this passage?
A - That the writer found her t-shirt.
B - That the writer's t-shirt still suited her, and fit her after some time.
C - That the writer was displeased with the situation.
D - That the writer's friend wasn't helping at all.
7
3 pts
Use the following idiomatic expression in a compound or complex sentence:
When it rains, it pours
8
3 pts
Use the following idiomatic expression in a compound or complex sentence:
In the doghouse
9
3 pts
Use the following idiomatic expression in a compound or complex sentence:
Half a loaf is better than none
10
3 pts
Use the following idiomatic expression in a compound or complex sentence:
Lightning never strikes twice
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