1. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
Anton Rubenstein was asked by a friend of his: "Why do you play the piano every day? But you are already an exceptional pianist and you do not have to do it every day".
" If I do not practice it one day, I will notice it myself. If I do not practice it two days, my pupils will notice it. If I do not practice it three days, the audience will notice it".
- 1) Practice makes perfect.
- 1) If you want a thing well done do it youself.
- 2) What`s done can`t be undone.
- 3) Action speaks louder than words.
- 4) Strike the iron while it is hot.
2. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
A fisherman had been fishing for a long time but without luck. At last he tugged at his net and saw a small fish caught in it. "Please let me go, - begged the fish, - I will grow bigger in a few days and then you can catch me again". The fisherman said: "Now that I have caught you, I won`t let you go. If I leave you, I may never see you again".
- 1) Don`t count your chickens before they are hatched.
- 1) Safety is the first importance.
- 2) Lost time cannot be recalled.
- 3) Never find fault with overs.
- 4) A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
3. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
Once a wolf saw a goat on a top of a hill and said: "Come down here, Miss Goat! The grass here is greener and longer". "Thank you, - answered the goat, - the grass down there may be much better. But, if I come down, you will get a good meal. So, I prefer to stay here – where you can`t reach. At least I am quite safe".
- 1) Dirty tricks seldom work.
- 1) Tastes differ.
- 2) Idleness is a curse.
- 3) Never find fault with others.
- 4) Pride goes before a fall.
4. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
The old man is no longer able to work in his garden; still he doesn`t sell it to his neighbours, who offer him large sums of money; and the fruit-trees, once so beautiful, have run wild.
- 1) A hard nut to crack.
- 1) A dog in the manger.
- 2) A curst cow has short horns.
- 3) A bird may be known by its song.
- 4) All covet, all lose.
5. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
A person who doesn`t keep to some stable occupation and permanent place of residence.
- 1) A rolling stone gathers no moss.
- 1) Extremes meet.
- 2) The belly has no ears.
- 3) A drop in the bucket.
- 4) The die is cast.
6. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
One day J.K.J. went to the Haymarket Store. There were a lot of dogs in the lobby waiting for the return of their owners, who were shopping inside. All the dogs were patient and good. Then a young lady entered leading a little fox-terrier and chained him there. Without a warning the fox-terrier bit his neighbours on the right and on the left and in a second the whole lobby was a perfect pandemonium of fighting dogs.
- 1) Make hay while the sun shines.
- 1) To have a finger in the pie.
- 2) To get out of bed on the wrong side.
- 3) Handsome is as handsome does.
- 4) One scabbed sheep will mar a whole flock.
7. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
Police officer: "I don`t understand you, Mr.Dobbins. You are offered a large sum of money and a comfortable position. Give us the names of the strike leaders".
John Dobbins: "I suppose you cannot understand it. There are things in the world much more important for a working man than money".
- 1) Enough to Make a Horse Laugh.
- 1) Every Country Has Its Customs.
- 2) East or West Home is Best.
- 3) A Good Name is Better than Riches.
- 4) Four Eyes See More than Two.
8. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
I`ve got a friend. She`s a nice girl but she`s a chatter-box. I ask her to give up this habit but she can`t help it. Still I like her very much as she is very kind. I follow the proverb: "..."
- 1) A friend in need is a friend indeed.
- 1) All that glitters is not gold.
- 2) Choose an author as you choose a friend.
- 3) A false friend is worse than an open enemy.
- 4) What can`t be cured must be endured.
9. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
Last year I worked very hard at my math and English. I spent all my time reading books and preparing for my entrance exams. My motto was: ... .
- 1) Better short of pence than short of sense.
- 1) No pains, no gains.
- 2) Look before you leap.
- 3) A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
- 4) Speech is silver but silence is gold.
10. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
If you want to enter a Higher Educational Establishment you should work very hard and acquire profound knowledge. It is rather difficult but you shouldn`t forget the proverb: « ... ».
- 1) Speech is silver but silence is gold.
- 1) When it thunders the thief becomes honest.
- 2) First think, then speak.
- 3) After death - the doctor.
- 4) No sweet without some sweat.
11. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
Bill is so depressed now. His only son has recently been arrested. All his friends already know about it as ... .
- 1) standing pools gather filth.
- 1) bad news has wings.
- 2) half heart is no heart.
- 3) he laughs best who laughs last.
- 4) haste makes waste.
12. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
Don`t be so impatient! Work hard and you will learn the language well. Rome wasn`t built in a day.
- 1) Step by step one goes far.
- 1) Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- 2) Out of sight – out of mind.
- 3) What greater crime than loss of time.
- 4) No news – goods news.
13. Choose the appropriate proverb to the passage.
Amir Temur was the leader of the Asian people in their fight for independence against the Mongolian oppression as he thought ... .
- 1) When in Rome do as the Romans do.
- 1) Every cook praises his own broth.
- 2) Out of sight out of mind.
- 3) All is well that ends well.
- 4) Better die standing than live kneeling.