Hello! Iím doing a research on the idioms that originated from works by William Shakespeare.The objective is to investigate the peculiarities of the usage of these phrases in every day speech, find out whether these idioms are still popular or not and whether English speakers are aware of their meaning or not. Iíd be very grateful if you could help me by doing this test. It would be better if you didnít use any additional sources (books, internet) to help you to answer the questions. You should rely on your knowledge, personal experience and intuition. Thank you for agreeing to do the test. Your participation is very important!

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1. Match the idioms with their meanings and put down a number with a suitable letter

1) to set oneís teeth on edge
2) to paint the lily
3) momís the word
4) in stitches
5) an itching palm
6) at one fell swoop
7) lay it on a trowel
8) to oneís heart content
9) the primrose path
10) hoist with oneís own petard
11) short shrift

a) injured by the device that you intended to use to injure others
b) a course of action that seems easy and appropriate but can actually end in calamity
c) to make unnecessary additions to what is already complete
d) a wish for money; greed
e) quick work; careless treatment; scant attention
f) to one's complete satisfaction
g) to flatter in an overly generous manner, exaggerate, overstate
h) to keep quiet; say nothing
i) suddenly, in a single action
j) laughing a lot
k) to annoy sb or make sb feel nervous or uncomfortable

2. Do these phrases belong to Shakespeare?Put down a number with a suitable letter

1) Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
2) Hold your horses
3) In the twinkling of an eye
4) Star-crossed lovers
5) Keep up with the Joneses
6) Swan song
7) Love is blind
8) The belle of the ball
9) Frailty, thy name is woman
10) Forbidden fruit
11) No man is an island
12) A plague on both your houses
13) Too much of a good thing
14) Pearls before swine
15) Allís well that ends well

1. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
2. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
3. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
4. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
5. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
6. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
7. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
8. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
9. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
10. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
11. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
12. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
13. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
14. a) yes b) no c) I donít know
15. a) yes b) no c) I donít know

3. Choose the suitable answer

1. ďAs good luck would have itĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure*

* these changes include expanding \ cutting \ transposition \ replacement of the elements

2. ďEt tu, BruteĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

3. ďA foolís paradiseĒ

a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

4. ďComparisons are odorousĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

5. ďMuch ado about nothingĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

6. ďShuffle off this mortal coilĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

7. ďOcular proofĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

8. ďThe green-eyed monsterĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

9. ďTruth will outĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

10. ďThereís the rubĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

11. ďFair playĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

12. ďWild goose chaseĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

13. ďThereby hangs a taleĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

14. ďTo give the devil his dueĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

15. ďNothing will come of nothingĒ
a) I donít know the meaning of this idiom and have never come across it
b) I donít know the meaning of this idiom but Iíve come across it
c) I know the meaning if this idiom but hardly ever use it
d) I know the meaning of this idiom and use it frequently \ from time to time
e) Iím familiar with this idiom and use it often bringing changes to its structure

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!!