How have you been?
The year is coming to an end, so I’m sure most of you are taking stock and reflecting. Hopefully, at the end of that, you can truly rejoice and be thankful for how far you have come. If so, a big congratulations to you and I pray for your continued advancement.
If you haven’t done as well as you expected, please don’t be distraught. Life is in cycles. It won’t always rain and it won’t always be sunny. Nevertheless, the vegetation of the earth needs both to grow, blossom and flourish. It never complains. As long as the farmer (you) is doing all the necessary, God will send the rain in due time (or the sun as the case may be). Do your best and after you have done all to stand, keep standing. It didn’t happen this time, but it could happen next time. You want to be ready. *wink* *hugs*
To round off the year, I thought I’d give you a series of quizzes to see how much. I’ve taken some myself and I’ll be racking my social intelligence brain for others just like you. I hope you find this fun and helpful.
Answers next week alongside the next quiz.
1. If you attend a formal dinner and find a spoon placed horizontally above your dinner plate, what is it for?
2. Who should get off an elevator first?
a) Elderly and infirm
d) Whoever is closest to the door
3. If the person sitting next to you at dinner has accidentally started using your bread plate (or glass), what do you do?
a) Discreetly place your bread on the side of your dinner plate
b) Ask the waiter for another plate
c) Tell your fellow diner they have taken your plate and find an extra somewhere on the table
d) Skip eating bread
4. You should always bring your host a small gift, even if he or she tells you to bring nothing.
5. What should you do if your cab driver complains your destination is too far?
a) Ignore him and sit back to enjoy the ride
b) Offer a bigger tip
c) Ask to be let out, give no tip and hail another cab
d) Tell your driver that you make decisions about where you’re going and it’s his job to drive there
6. Introductions: the ‘less important’ person should be introduced to the ‘more important person.’ (e.g, the intern should be introduced to the boss)
7. If someone asks to to remove your shoes in their home, but this is not your custom and it makes you feel uncomfortable, what should you do?
a) Keep them on
b) Remove them anyway
c) Tell them you are uncomfortable and then decide what to do based on their reaction
d) Ask for a pair of slippers or socks if you are lacking them
8. You should always try to have an equal number of men and women at a dinner party.
9. If you plan to visit and stay at least one night with a friend or relative, how much advance notice should you give them.
a) 3 days
b) 1 week
c) 2 weeks
d) A month, if possible
10. If you need to sneeze or cough in public, how should you do it?
a) Hold your head down and sneeze or cough away from other people
b) Move to another room to sneeze or cough before resuming other activities
c) Cover your hand and nose with your left hand (to leave your right hand free for for shaking and socialising)
d) Try to suppress it as long as possible