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The Proverbs, Sayings, and Adages Quiz

Updated on September 21, 2014
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Do you know your stuff?

Proverbs, sayings, and adages...we hear them all the time, but do you really know them?

Take this quiz on them and find out if you really know what a bird in the hand is worth and what you could be caught between.

Don't forget to have your friends take the quiz to compare and see who is the best.

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A Plethora of Platitudes - A Collection of Cliches and an Assortment of Adages

A Plethora of Platitudes: A Collection of Cliches and an Assortment of Adages
A Plethora of Platitudes: A Collection of Cliches and an Assortment of Adages

Love adages and sayings and want to know more about them? Check out this book, A Plethora of Platitudes, for more cliché fun.

 

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The Proverbs, Sayings, and Adages on the Quiz

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Caught between a rock and a hard place

Just fell off the turnip truck

As easy as falling off a log

Can't see the forest for the trees

Home is where the heart is

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

Looking for a needle in a haystack

Like two peas in a pod

It's as clear as mud

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A Bird in the Hand

What is a bird in the hand worth?

An arrow

A happy thought

A meal

Two in the bush

An egg

A bird in the hand is not worth an arrow, a happy thought, a meal, or an egg, it is worth two in the bush.

Until you actually have a bird in your hand, it isn't worth much since you may not actually be able to get the birds that are in the bush. A sure thing is better than the possibility of more.

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Caught

Caught between a rock and what?

A tough jock

A fun party

A wonderful thought

An unanticipated drama

A hard place

The saying is being caught between a rock and a hard place and it means to be in a tough spot with nowhere to go. If you are trapped between two impossible choices, you are really stuck.

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Falling Off That Turnip Truck

When someone seems naïve, we usually say they just fell off this vegetable delivery vehicle.

The rutabaga wagon

The turnip truck

The squash sedan

The cantaloupe car

The potato pickup

We say they must have just fell off the turnip truck. It's a way of saying someone seems like a country bumpkin who must have just ridden into town with the harvest.

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Falling Off a Log

When something is really easy, we say it's as easy as what?

Sliding down a slope

Jumping over a ditch

Hopping over a tree

Falling off a log

Laying down the law

It's as easy as falling off a log. Logs are often sharply curving and covered in moss and gunk, so they're really slippery and easy to fall off of.

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Forest Full of Trees

What do they say you can't see because the details are in your way?

Can't see the forest for the trees

Can't see the herd for the goats

Can't see tomorrow for today

Can't see the scores for the game

Can't see the tree for the leaves

When you can only see details and not the whole picture, they say you can't see the forest for the trees.

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Home is where the heart is

Home is where what is?

Home is where tomorrow is

Home is where all your stuff is

Home is where the tornado hit

Home is where the heart is

Home is where you live

Home is where you keep your stuff and where you live, hopefully it's also where your tomorrow is, but the saying is that home is where the heart is. It means your family is where your heart resides.

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It Ain't Broke

If something ain't broke, don't what?

Fix it

Trouble yourself

Worry

Be happy

Sell it

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This saying means don't start meddling with something if there's nothing wrong with it. Many times if you start messing with something you will break it even if it wasn't broken before.

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Needles Lost

When something is tough to find we say looking for it is like what?

Looking for a horse in a herd

Looking for a doll in a toy shop

Looking for a needle in a haystack

Looking for a clock in a warehouse

Looking for a marble in a swimming pool

Looking for a needle in a haystack is the idiom. It means to look for something almost impossible to find. A needle is smaller than a piece of straw, and it is a similar shape, so if you were trying to find a needle in a big pile of hay there is very little way to find it other than just looking for nearly forever.

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Peas in a Pod

When things are similar, we say they are as alike as two peas in a what?

Casserole dish

Pod

Can

Tummy

Garden

Two peas in a pod are grown together and are nearly identical. So when we want to say things are twins, we say they are two peas in a pod.

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Clear Mud

When something is confused, we say it is as clear as what?

Gravel

Mud

Water

Glass

Happiness

The adage is that it is as clear as mud. Obviously, mud is not clear, it is very hard to see through and one of the least clear things there are. Thus when we want to say something is not clear at all, we say it is as clear as mud.

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Heavens to Betsy!: & Other Curious Sayings

I love all the fun and interesting sayings out there. Some are so strange and it's interesting to see where they come from.

 

© 2009 Alisha Vargas

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      I made 100%. Fun Quiz! I'm proud of myself.

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      BethRudkin1 7 years ago

      I got 100% too! Yay!

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      Alisha Vargas 7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      That's great!

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      religions7 7 years ago

      :) I liked it. Didn't know the one about the turnip truck though :(

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      OK ... I obviously never fell off a log ... that was a new one on me. FUN type of quiz my dear!!!

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      AlaskaHydro LM 6 years ago

      9 out of ten. Not bad.

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      teamlane 6 years ago

      Got 90%. The best quiz so far! :)

    • The Afrikan profile image

      The Afrikan 6 years ago

      100% :)

      this is the second quiz in a row that i got 100!

      wish me luck on my next :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      100%, I've heard and said them all since I was a child. sweet!

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      @julieannbrady: I have. It hurt!

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      100% - obviously bromidic!

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      David Dove 5 years ago

      Duh!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I did well. Thanks. It was fun! I am always saying these sorts of things and getting some funny looks.

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