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Etiquette Quiz

1. You receive an invitation to a reception. You dislike the host and don’t want to be received by him. You:

a. decline the invitation.
b. accept the invitation and graciously proceed through the receiving line.
c. accept the invitation and refuse to proceed through the receiving line.

2. You are a guest at a reception. For some reason, you missed the opportunity to proceed through the receiving line. Your host seeks you out and asks after your son. You don’t wish to discuss your son’s well-being with your host. You:

a. respond, “He’s quite well. Thank you for asking. How are your daughters?”
b. respond, “I appreciate your asking, but that’s a rather difficult subject for me right now. Do you mind me not saying?”
c. make a political statement.

3. You are a guest at a reception. Your host has inquired about your son, and you have, for some reason, responded with a political statement. Your host repeats his question about your son. You:

a. apologize for your error and say, “He’s quite well. Thank you for asking. How are your daughters?”
b. apologize for your error and say, “I appreciate your asking, but that’s a rather difficult subject for me right now. Do you mind me not saying?”
c. say, “That’s between me and my boy.”

4. You have behaved rudely at a reception, insulting your host and creating an awkward situation for his other guests. You:

a. realize your error by the next morning and apologize to your host, his other guests, and anyone else who is offended by your rudeness.
b. realize your error after it is pointed out to you and apologize to your host, his other guests, and anyone else who is offended by your rudeness.
c. point out that you didn’t slug your host.

If you answered mostly “a” or “b”, you are, or strive to be, a gracious and well-mannered person. If you answered mostly “c”, you are an obnoxious boor who has not matured past the self-centeredness of infancy.

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