1. A common English expression is – ‘like a dog with a bone’. Which of these examples best fits this phrase?
a) A person who won’t stop until they’ve solved a problem
b) A mother who constantly worries about her baby’s safety
c) A person who is addicted to smoking
d) A football fan who goes to every game
2. If someone said ‘I’m in the doghouse with my partner’, what would they mean?
a) They are not on good terms with their partner at the moment
b) They are angry with their partner for something
c) They are in big trouble
d) They have made their partner very happy about something
3. Which of these expressions means ‘very happy and excited’?
a) He’s like a dog with two cats
b) He’s like a dog with two bones
c) He’s like a dog with two steaks
d) He’s like a dog with two tails
4. Which of these expressions means ‘to follow someone everywhere’, but has also come to mean ‘to continually irritate or hassle someone’?
a) to dog someone
b) to dog off someone
c) to dog around someone
d) to dog up someone
5. When making a comparison between the past and the present condition of a place, we might say, ‘It’s gone to the dogs’. What does this mean?
a) It is in a much better condition now than it was before.
b) It is in almost the same condition now as it was before.
c) It’s in a much worse condition now than it was before.
d) There are many dogs here now, but there weren’t before.
6. When talking about the relationship of two people, we might describe person B as person A’s ‘lapdog’. What does this mean?
a) Person B is person A’s best friend
b) Person B always does what person A asks or likes
c) Person B is always unkind to person A
d) Person B is a much stronger personality than person A
1) a, 2) a, 3) d, 4) a, 5) c, 6) b.