Nervous about dinner date?
Take this dining etiquette quiz by Elizabeth Post!
Your date has been taking you to the local dairy bar for weeks, and all of a sudden his Uncle Joe sent him a birthday check, and he’s asked you to go to an elegant restaurant for dinner! Are you nervous, or do you know your restaurant manners so well that you will be relaxed and self-assured? Answer the questions below.
If you get more than eight right, your evening will be fun because you’ll be confident that you are “doing the right thing.” Six to eight means you may have a bad moment or two, and a score of below six indicates that you had better bone up.
1. When you are served soup in a cup with two handles, do you
(a) eat the soup with a spoon?
(b) pick up the cup?
2. When game hen, asparagus or a creamed dish is served on toast, do you
(a) take the entire serving, toast and all?
(b) leave the toast, taking only the food on top of it?
3. If a waiter brings a finger bowl, do you
(a) dip your finger tips in and dab your lips?
(b) dip the corner of your napkin in to clean your mouth?
4. When you need to push food onto your fork, do you
(a) use your thumb?
(b) Use a dry piece of bread?
5. If there is no saucer for your iced tea glass, do you
(a) leave the spoon in the glass?
(b) lay the spoon down on the table?
6. At the end of the meal do you
(a) fold your napkin back as it was?
(b) lay your napkin in loose folds on the table?
7. If you happen to drop your fork on the floor, do you
(a) ask the waiter for a clean one?
(b) pick it up, wipe it off, and use it?
8. If there is no ash tray on the table, do you
(a) ask for one?
(b) use the edge of your dinner plate?
9. When you are served a pot pie in an individual casserole do you
(a) eat from the dish it is served in?
(b) serve some onto your dinner plate?
10. If your choice of entrée includes a delicious gravy, do you
(a) use a spoon to get up the last drop?
(b) break small pieces of bread into the gravy and eat it with your fork?
1. (b) As soon as the soup is cool enough, pick the cup up by both handles.
4. (b) If you have no bread, use your knife.
5. (a) Or you might remove it and rest the bowl of the spoon on your butter plate.
9. (b) If a serving spoon is not provided, ask for one.
—By Elizabeth Post, 1968
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