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The more the merrier

Eating an apple a day does what?

The more the merrier

‘The more the merrier’ tests you on phrases using consequences.

We say, when even more people are trying to crowd into a party, 'the more the merrier'!

See how well you do in this Quiz on a variety of expressions and figures-of-speech involving Quantities and Consequences.

1.
Please pick the best (most suitable and accurate) answer to complete any blank or blanks in the question.
'Give me a lever, and I will ... ... '
(Galileo Galilei)
... control the machine.
... start the car.
... move the earth.
... raise the roof.
Galileo had worked out enough of the principles of mechanics to know that almost any massive object ~ even the Earth ~ can be moved by forces, including a lever (if it were big enough, and suitably positioned).
None of these other possible 'consequences' is quite so impressive, is it?
2.
Please pick the best (most suitable and accurate) answer to complete any blank or blanks in the question.
'Red sky in the morning
Is the shepherd's warning;
Red sky at night ... ...
The weather's all right.
Is the shepherd's delight.
The farmhouse is alight.
The sheep are out of sight.
Answer 2 is 'the classic' here: fine weather should be ahead for the morrow, which is more comfortable for those working out-of-doors.
Either or both of Answers 3 & 4 may happen to be true, but that doesn't make them right!
3.
Please pick the best (most suitable and accurate) answer to complete any blank or blanks in the question.
'A stitch in time ... '
... doesn't rhyme
... is a good idea
... saves nine
... wouldn't do any harm
This is an old English 'jingle' (it doesn't quite rhyme, but at least the 'i'-sounds assonate), and it means that a small repair job done sooner ~ e.g. on an item of clothing ~ is better than waiting and having to do bigger repairs once the problem has grown worse. It is also used metaphorically (i.e. a minor 'word' or correction, early on, is better than allowing a situation to develop into a complete disaster!).
4.
Please pick the best (most suitable and accurate) answer to complete any blank or blanks in the question.
'The early bird ...
... wakes with the sun.
... catches the worm.
... arrives too soon.
... flies farthest.
This is another way of expressing 'He who hesitates is lost' ( ... although there is a contrary proverb, 'Look before you leap'!).
Perhaps your own language also has such pairs of proverbs which cancel one another out, or at least contradict each other fairly directly in an otherwise same situation.
There may well be elements of truth in the other possible Answers, but those are not 'the traditional version'.
5.
Which is the only grammatically correct version of this environmental slogan?
Less cares, less pollution
Less cars, fewer pollution
Fewer cars, less pollution
Fewer cars, fewer pollution
Cars are countable, but pollution (as such) is not ... though of course, technical people can quantify its effects (amounts of airborne particles, declining numbers of live specimens in woodlands and watercourses etc.)
6.
Please pick the best (most suitable and accurate) answer to complete any blank or blanks in the question.
' ... So the Wicked Giant was dead, and they all ... ... '
... had a great party.
... went home for tea.
... lived happily ever after.
... sang and danced.
'They' may very well also have done all the other immediate celebratory things, but Answer 3 is the classic closing clause of many a fairy-tale in the English language.
7.
Please pick the best (most suitable and accurate) answer to complete any blank or blanks in the question.
'Never in the field of human conflict has ... ... '
(Winston Churchill ~ with slight but discernible echoes of Shakespeare ~ describing the bravery of the pilots defending Britain's south-east coast against potential invasion during the Battle of Britain, 1940)
... so much been owed by so many to so few.
... so little been done by so many for so few.
... so much been done by so few for so many.
... so much been owed by so few to so many.
If you work carefully through it, only Answer 1 fits the facts: at the outset of World War Two, when flying (including military flight) was still quite a new technology, all that stood between British freedom and domination by Nazi Germany ~ along with most of the rest of mainland Europe ~ were the relatively small number of planes and pilots who kept the attacking Luftwaffe at bay. Never, as Churchill said, had the fate of such huge numbers of civilians (and others) been held and saved by such a small number of active combatants; because most previous battles had, of course, been fought 'down on the surface' between large armies and/or navies, rather than by a small number of skilled people in 'airspace'.
Answer 2 says most closely the same thing, but the moral sense of 'owing' (i.e. 'owing their lives') is lacking from this version.
8.
Please pick the best (most suitable and accurate) answer to complete any blank or blanks in the question.
'An apple a day ...
... helps you work, rest and play
... keeps the doctor away
... will prevent tooth decay
... is the natural way
Answer 1 is 'borrowed' from the long-running slogan of that somewhat less healthy convenience food, the Mars (R) Bar. The other two wrong answers each rhyme and mean well, but No.2 is the classic.
9.
Please pick the best (most suitable and accurate) answer to complete any blank or blanks in the question.
'The higher they are, ... '
... the harder they fall
... the faster they fly
... they see the most far
... they're nearer the star
Answer 1 is the best: the classic description of a typical Tragic Hero (not just Icarus in the old legend). The other options sound fair enough but are not 'the proper expression', and indeed they are in increasingly weak English as you go down the list.
10.
Please pick the best (most suitable and accurate) answer to complete any blank or blanks in the question.
'A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he heard, the less he spoke;
The less he spoke, the more he heard ... '
The final line rhymes with the third.
The owl was a computer nerd.
'Cos that was what the owl preferred.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?
Answer 1 happens to be true but hardly useful or relevant! Answer 4 is the traditional correct final line.
The meaning is that any of us may do better in life to speak less and listen more (no bad thing for a language student, at any rate!)
Author:  Ian Miles

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