Common Phrases Quiz

Idiomatic expressions come naturally to many people. The use of idioms makes a language more colourful. To take them in their original meanings, no matter how literal, would be mistake. "It's raining cats and dogs" or "the straw that broke the camel's back" sound preposterous when taken literally, but they have stuck through the ages and make perfect and beautiful. This quiz will determine how adept you are at the use of popular idioms. Go, give it a try.

The Mosque of Paris helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs during WWII. Si Kaddour Benghabrit, the founder and rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, provided refuge and certificates of Muslim identity to a number of Jews to allow them to evade arrest and deportation at the hands of Nazis. It is said that more than 1,700 resistance fighters that included a sizable number of Jews but also a lesser number of Muslims and Christians, took refuge in the mosque’s underground caverns, and that the rector provided many Jews with certificates of Muslim identity. This tale of exemplary courage got dramatized in a French film “Les Hommes Libres” (“Free Men”).

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