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Etiquette Questions -- Form A and Form B
Q1. When is it appropriate for you to start eating at a group meal function?
Q2. When you sit down at a meal function, is it appropriate to introduce yourself to others at the table?
Q3. True or False…As a general rule, you should use your eating utensils from the outside to the inside.
Q4. True or False…Your bread plate will always be on your left and your beverages will always be on your right.
Q5. True or False…Unless it is critical, you should only leave the table between courses.
Q6. True or False…When excusing yourself from the table, it is necessary to announce to everyone where you are going.
Q7. True or False…When excusing yourself from the table, you should place your napkin to the left of your plate if you plan to return, and place it to the right of your plate if you are not going to return.
Q8. True or False…When passing the salt, it’s not necessary to pass the pepper with it.
Q9. True or False…You should never season (salt or pepper) your food until you have tasted it.
Q10. True or False…It is acceptable to eat meat at a large group function if you are observing Lent.
A1. Only after the invocation or the chairman of the event invites you to begin eating. Salads and bread are frequently preset to save time, not so you can eat before other guests.
A2. Yes. You will spend the next few hours with these people and you should know who they are.
A3. True. The only exception is a fish fork. This may be located to your upper right. No fish, no fork.
A6. False. Just excuse yourself to the person to your left or right, but not everybody.
A7. True. Generally speaking, you should never place your napkin on your seat or on your plate.
A8. False. Salt and pepper should always be together even if someone asks for only salt or only pepper.
A9. True. Some managers feel this action indicates you make decisions without knowing all the facts.
A10. True. This is acceptable at any function that is considered a celebration. It is not necessary to obtain dispensation, but some guests may like to hear that dispensation has been granted.
Form BQ1. What is considered appropriate table conversation?
Q2. If you see one or two people at the table that are not participating in the conversation, what should you do?
Q3. What is the maximum number of pieces of meat that should be cut at one time? Why?
Q4. True or False…When buttering bread, it is appropriate to butter a bite size piece at one time and not butter a large portion of the roll at one time.
Q5. True or False…If you don’t like a particular food that you have been served, you should complain to the guests at the table, and the server.
Q6. True or False…Your dessert utensils will be located at the top of your plate and should be moved to the side(s) or your plate after you have completed your main meal.
Q7. True or False…If you prefer not have dessert, you should just tell the server you don’t care for any dessert.
Q8. After dinner, you realize that your back is to the stage and the presenters, should you turn your chair around to face the stage?
Q9. During the after dinner program, you find the sound system is not loud enough for your table to hear, what should you do?
Q10. True or False…During the after dinner program, you find the presenters aren’t important to you so it is all right to carry on your own conversation while they speak.
A1. Generally, anything positive. Avoid potential controversial topics such as politics or religion. Don’t discuss your past or recent medical procedures.
A2. Ask them their opinion on a topic or ask about work, music or entertainment. Get them involved.
A3. Generally 3-4. Cutting limited pieces keeps your meat warm and slows your eating pace. Take your time and enjoy your meal and company.
A4. True. This slows your eating and avoids a mouthful of bread in case you want to talk.
A5. False. Just don’t eat it. You don’t have to explain your actions to any other guests and they probably don’t really care.
A6. True. Forks move left, and spoons move right.
A7. True. You don’t have to explain that you are dieting or that you are stuffed!
A8. Yes. It would be rude not to focus your attention on the main event. The program is the main reason you are dining together. Turn and listen.
A9. Notify the server or facility representative, and listen carefully.
A10. False. You may not care, but others at your table may want to hear. The polite thing to do is sit quietly and listen. You should applaud all presenters.