The "Father" Quiz

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  1. ___ is the father of wisdom.
    a. Diligence
    b. Experience
    c. Intelligence
    d. Necessity

  2. "It is a wise child that knows its own father" means ___.
    a. A man who is not the father is potentially dangerous to a child..
    b. It is harder for a baby to recognize its father than its mother.
    c. It is good for children to get to know their fathers.
    d. One can never have certain proof that a man is one's father.

  3. Like father, like son.
    a. If you admire the father you will also admire the son.
    b. Sons tend to do the same things as their fathers.

  4. "The child is father of the man" means ___.
    a. A person's personality forms during childhood and does not really change.
    b. In legends, a hero is reborn many times.
    c. A man became a father at a young age.
    d. The son acts more maturely than his father does.

  5. "The wish is father to the thought" means ___.
    a. Be careful what you wish for.
    b. A person believes something that he or she wishes were true.
    c. Wishes beget other wishes.

  6. "Old enough to be someone's father" means ___.
    a. A person is well matched emotionally with another person.
    b. A person ought to act more maturely.
    c. A person is as old as someone's parents (too old for a relationship).
    d. A person is old enough to have children.

  7. I perceive affection makes a ___ of a man too much the father (Ben Jonson, Every Man in his Humor,1598).
    a. fool
    b. friend
    c. fatality
    d. foible

  8. An angry father is most cruel toward ___ (Publilius Syrus, Moral Sayings, 1st Century B.C.).
    a. others
    b. his children
    c. himself
    d. women

  9. Father is a ___ provided by nature (French Proverb).
    a. cushion
    b. banker
    c. pillar
    d. technician

  10. A father is very miserable who has no other hold on his children"s affection than the need they have ofhis ___, if that can be called affection (Montaigne, "Of the affections of fathers to their children,"Essays, 1580-1588).
    a. assurance
    b. aspirations
    c. anguish
    d. assistance

  11. This is what a father should be about: helping his son to form the habit of doing right on his own ___,rather than because he is afraid of some serious consequence (Terence, The Brothers, 160 B.C.).
    a. initiative
    b. instigation
    c. effort
    d. ability

  12. Any father whose son raises his hand ___ him is guilty: of having produced a son who raised his hand___ him (Charles Paguy, Les Cahiers de la quinsaine, Dec.2 1906).
    a. to, to
    b. against, against
    c. towards, towards
    d. over, over

  13. One celestial father ___ to all (Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667).
    a. takes
    b. hides
    c. gives
    d. knows

  14. Have we not ___ one father? Hath not one God created us? (Bible, Malachi 2:10).
    a. all
    b. every
    c. each
    d. most

  15. A son can bear with composure the ___ of his father, but the loss of his inheritance might drive him todespair (Machiavelli, The Prince, 1517).
    a. death
    b. illness
    c. fate
    d. shame

  16. The time not to ___ a father is eighteen years before a world war (E.B. White, "Answers to hardquestions," The second tree from the corner, 1954).
    a. praise
    b. jeer
    c. blame
    d. become

  17. There are some extraordinary fathers, who seem, during the whole course of their lives, to be givingtheir children reasons ___ being consoled at their death (La Bruy?re, Characters, 1688).
    a. of
    b. to
    c. for
    d. from

  18. Few sons, indeed, are like their fathers. Generally, they are ___; but just a few are ___ (Homer,Odyssey, 9th Century B.C.)
    a. good, bad
    b. worse, better
    c. tall, taller
    d. happy, sad

  19. In order to get as much fame as one's father, ___ has to be much more able than he.
    a. he
    b. one
    c. it
    d. they

Copyright (C) 1998 by Donna Tatsuki (tatsuki@kobeuc.ac.jp)
This quiz is part of the HTML-Only Self-Study Quizzes which is part of Activities for ESL Students, a project by The Internet TESL Journal.