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Table Etiquette Quiz

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Andrea Posted by Andie on November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving is just two days away!  I don't know about you, but I've got a lot of shopping, cooking and cleaning to do before then!  For many of us, Thanksgiving dinner might be one of the more formal or fancier meals we attend all year.  So, how are your table manners these days?  Know and remember all of the 'rules' or could you use a little refresh before you sit down to dine with your in-laws on Thursday?  


The first 5 people to email me ( all of the correct answers to the little etiquette quiz below will receive this FREE 10 Piece Ceramic Cookware Set (valued at $99.95), just in time to get their cooking on for the holidays!!  Good luck!


UPDATED:  Thanks to everyone for submitting your quizzes!  There are so many of you who know your stuff! Congratulations to the first 5 people who sent me the correct answers!  


Becky Brinkerhoff

Back Country Radio

Cecilia Thomas

Angela McBride


Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!





Etiquette Quiz 

(the items bolded below are the correct answers)


1. When you have finished eating, place your napkin in the center of your plate.

A. True

B. False


2. If your fork falls on the floor, apologize to everyone at the table, pick it up, clean it properly with your napkin, and continue using it.

A. True

B. False


3. You should excuse yourself if you must leave the table during a meal.

A. True

B. False


4. It is alright for you to burp throughout the meal as long as you say, "Excuse me," every time you do so.

A. True

B. False


5. Your drinking glasses are located toward the right of your plate.

A. True

B. False


6. If there are two forks on the table, you should start using the fork nearest to your plate first.

A. True

B. False


7. If there are bones in your food, spit them out directly onto your plate discreetly.

A. True

B. False


8. If you are the guest, you should not order the most expensive item on the menu unless it is suggested by your host.

A. True

B. False


9. It is okay to blow your nose into your napkin as long as you do this quietly.

A. True

B. False


10. Always go to the restroom to remove food caught in your teeth or to reapply lipstick or fix your hair.

A. True

B. False


11. Spoon the soup away from you and sip it from the side of the spoon.

A. True

B. False


12. In a formal place setting, the dessert spoon and fork are usually placed above your plate.

A. True (although this could be a trick question because in VERY formal settings the fork is brought with the dessert plate)

B. False


13. How do the letters b and d help you (in that order)?

A. Bread on the Left, Drink on the Right

B. They will remind you to always compliment your host

C. They will remind you of good manners

D. Beverage on the Left, Dessert on the Right


14. You should always wait until everyone has been served before you begin eating your meal.

A. True

B. False


15. When you are dining, but not currently eating, what should you do with your hands?

A. Put them in your lap

B. Put them at your side

C. They can be on the table, but with the wrists resting on the edge of the table

D. If you're not eating, it's okay to put your elbows on the table when engaging in conversation.


16. Say you are eating a steak- how many bites should you cut at a time?

A. 1-2

B. 3-4

C. 5

D. You will generally be excused if you cut the entire steak, especially if your dining is informal


17. When you are eating and stop to take a drink, where should you place your utensils?

A. To the right of your plate

B. To the left of your plate

C. Fork and knife crossed at the top of your plate

D. Above plate, placed horizontal


18. When you are finished eating, where should you place your napkin?

A. On your chair behind you

B. On top of your plate

C. To the right of your plate

D. To the left of your plate


19. Proper etiquette prohibits cutting a roll, but rather you should tear the roll into small pieces and butter only small pieces at a time.

A. True

B. False


20. When passing someone an item on the table, you should pass how?

A. To the left

B. To the right


21. Where should you put your utensils once you are finished with your meal?

A. Throw them at the waiter

B. Place them parallel on the plate

C. Put them to the right of the plate on the tablecloth

D. Cross them and leave them on the plate



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