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Test incompl/inter-324, Question 5 #1 (permalink) Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:03 am   Test incompl/inter-324, Question 5
 

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ESL/EFL Test #324 "English Slang Idioms (45)", question 5

She was a lot smarter than she let on, and she was starting to come out of her ......... and talk to him.

(a) closet
(b) element
(c) shell
(d) cell

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ESL/EFL Test #324 "English Slang Idioms (45)", answer 5

She was a lot smarter than she let on, and she was starting to come out of her shell and talk to him.

Correct answer: (c) shell
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...to come out of her shell = Does it mean she stops being shy and withdrawn and becomes more friendly and sociable. ?
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Test incompl/inter-324, Question 5 #2 (permalink) Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:16 am   Test incompl/inter-324, Question 5
 

Yes.

It alludes to the protective qualities of shells of tortoises, terrapins, turtles, etc. Such animals withdraw into their shells when they feel threatened and only emerge when they are confident in their surroundings.
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