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Grade 4 Language - Idioms, Adages and Proverbs

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If students come across idioms, adages or proverbs while reading a selection, they should know what they mean. If they don’t understand these expressions, they may not understand the content of the selection. Students should analyze these expressions. Many are very common, so they should have heard them before. In this quiz, students will choose the meanings of the idioms, adages and proverbs.

1.
The coach yelled to his players, “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.”
What does the capitalized proverb mean?
People must practice something in order to have something to do
To do something well, you must work at it
To help someone
To strive to be perfect at any cost
Usually people will want to do something well, so they will practice at it
2.
When Peggy almost stepped in a puddle, my friend reminded her to LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP.
What does the capitalized proverb mean?
To jump over something
To watch out before you do something
To go around something
To look up to the sky
In this expression, you should look out before you do something
3.
Even though the job was a risk, we decided to GIVE IT A SHOT.
What does the capitalized idiom mean?
To shoot a gun
To shoot a basketball
To refuse to do something
To try something
When you give something a shot, you are taking a risk to try it
4.
If my brother gets into another fight at school, he will BE IN HOT WATER.
What does the capitalized idiom mean?
To be going to school
To be happy
To be in trouble
To be confused
When you are in hot water, you are in trouble
5.
Pat asked to have the biggest bedroom and the nicest furniture in the new house. My mom told him, “YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.”
What does the capitalized adage mean?
You should have looked at everyone before giving an opinion
You must go to sleep
You must decide on something
You must forget something
With this expression, you must make a choice
6.
Sarah saw her little sister and her next door neighbor become friends due to their interest in checkers. Sarah thought BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.
What does the capitalized adage mean?
Two or more things join because of a similarity
Two things have too many differences
Two or more things survived something
Two things stay away from each other
With this expression, two or more things have a similarity
7.
Since I had so many things to do, my friend’s recital SLIPPED MY MIND.
What does the capitalized idiom mean?
To pass over someone's head
To remember something
To forget about something
To call a friend
If something slips your mind, you have forgotten it
8.
When Ellen saw a homeless man on the street, she gave him some money because IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.
What does the capitalized proverb mean?
You should not be wrong
You should give things away if you don't want them anymore
You should not be selfish
You should cry tears of joy
With this expression, you should not be selfish
9.
Even though the meal looked disgusting, it tasted very delicious. I guess we shouldn’t have JUDGED A BOOK BY ITS COVER.
What does the capitalized adage mean?
To make a decision about something based on its looks
To skim over something
To glance at something
To think first before doing something
With this expression, you should experience it first
10.
Out of all our shopping purchases, the purse COST AN ARM AND A LEG.
What does the capitalized idiom mean?
To forget about something
To be in trouble
To try something
To take a lot of money to buy something
If something costs an arm and a leg, it cost a lot of money
Author:  Amy Flanders

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