小測驗 — 用包含動物名稱的英語表達描述人類生活場景

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每年的 3 月 3 日是聯合國大會(United Nations General Assembly)設立的 「世界野生動植物日 World Wildlife Day」,它旨在提高人們對野生動植物的認識。你喜歡動物嗎?英語裡有不少包含動物名稱的短語、習語。這些短語通常利用自然界裡動物的習性來映射人類生活中的場景。比如:用 「the lion’s share 獅子的份額」 表示 「最大的份額」。做下面六道題,考考自己對此類短語的理解。

1. If Jane gets 75% of the cake, and John gets 25%, you can say ______.

a) Jane got the lion’s share

b) John got the lion’s share

c) Jane got the tiger’s share

d) John got the tiger’s share

2. If there is a big problem which is very important but nobody wants to talk about it, we can say that there is: ______.

a) an octopus around the light

b) an elephant in the room

c) a tiger under the bed

d) a zebra in the kitchen

3. This idiom means you are going to pay very close attention to someone’s behaviour.

a) to watch like a tiger

b) to watch like a lion

c) to watch like a shark

d) to watch like a hawk

4. Someone bad who is pretending to be good can be described as ______.

a) a tiger in a clown’s hat

b) a wolf in sheep’s clothing

c) a scorpion in a jacket

d) a wasp in a bee’s coat

5. Without my glasses, I can’t see anything. I’m ______.

a) as blind as a mole

b) as short-sighted as a zebra

c) as blind as a bat

d) as short-sighted as a snake

6. Someone who is very clumsy is like ______.

a) a lion in kindergarten

b) a fish in a barrel

c) a rabbit in headlights

d) a bull in a china shop

答案

1) a, 2) b, 3) d, 4) b, 5) c, 6) d.