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Tact - Or Lack Of It?
Thematic 10Q Easy
"Tact! What a slippery slope in these days of "Political Correctness". This quiz will address situations where tact plays a part. While subjective in nature the answers should be clear."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Would it be OK, while chatting online with someone you know nothing about, to say "I watched a bunch of black people dancing around on TV last night!"? Incidentally, the discussion up until then spun around Billie Holliday... (pick the answer that is most glaringly right).
Prior to this remark the stranger had said to you that it was tragic how Lady Day was destroyed by addiction. Given that, the sky's the limit.
That'd be OK to say. You're just talking about what you saw on TV and wanted to get away from blues singers for a bit. Who cares what "color" the person you're speaking with is?
No! That Billie happened to be African American has nothing to with "a group of people dancing around". And what if the person you are talking to isn't Caucasian? You don't know, after all.
It's an honest remark, so what? You almost said that you watched a basketball game and the MVP of it was white and you found that a refreshing change.
You're having a coffee break with your co-workers. It's a Monday morning and everyone is talking about what they did yesterday. Is it all right for you to add "I'm a Catholic and we all like going to church so most of the morning was about doing that." Would that be considered tactless?
Bringing up your religion is wrong in any social setting!
You also have rosary beads in your pocket. That's the worst thing you did.
One of the guys went off talking about a football game. He was the tactless one.
Not at all! You just said what your activities were as the gabbing went. You weren't preaching in the least!
Some old friends revisit you on a summer afternoon with their new baby in tow. It is their 6th child. You humorlessly say: "Wow, another one! I hope you two have good jobs!". Tactless or not?
Suggesting that the mother get a tubal ligation would have been a much more tactful remark.
Good grief! That is Hall Of Fame tactless!!
The little tyke looks a bit skinny to you. You offer his/her parents a few bucks to make sure the toddler has enough to eat.
You bark at the parents for being strangers for so long. Who cares about the kid, really?
You are at your tenth high school reunion amongst people you haven't seen for such a long time. You're busily shaking hands with lots of them. Which of these answers is right, now that you've possibly goofed?
"Where's the old ball and chain, Joe? Still keeping her barefoot and pregnant? *yuk yuk*
"Hi, everyone. I'm doing great! Great job, happy family, a three car garage and a mortgage payment that is ridiculously high."
"Gained a little weight, Jane? Don't worry. You still have a pretty face."
Those all are bad! Wouldn't a simple "How have you been?" be a good enough start?
Diner: "Waitress! This hamburger is not cooked through. If I wanted raw meat I'd just eat ground beef out of the package!"
Server: "I'll send it back to the kitchen in a minute, sir. No need to shout, though. I'm the waitress and NOT the cook!"
Which answer best applies to the tactlessness in this exchange?
While both people are behaving rudely the diner is the worst offender.
The waitress should have brought out the cook and let him deal with Mr. Grumpy.
Doesn't the waitress know that the customer is always right? It's her job to be yelled at.
The diner should have said nothing and ate his burger despite that it wasn't what he'd asked for.
How about a classic scenario now? Your wife bought a new dress and asks you: "Honey, does this dress make my rear end look big?" What is your best way out of that one?
"Sweetie, you're a beautiful broad. You look great!"
"I must be honest, love of my life. It looks like you're hauling cargo."
"I married you because you have some meat on your bones. Your big butt makes me glad I did."
"Darling, you are gorgeous in every way no matter what you have on."
You are at the movie theater watching a dramatic film that has you enthralled. One little problem keeps happening, though. A fellow behind you has a very active cell phone going off every ten minutes. You shoot him a glance full of daggers. He says: "Sorry, but I can't miss my friends' calls and I don't want to miss any of the movie." What is the best response to that of these given?
"OK. Let me borrow your phone, can I? I need to check in with the babysitter."
"If it rings again I'll be forced to shove it down your throat!"
"Turn it off and you'll catch up with them later!"
Throw popcorn at him.
You're in a nice family restaurant that doesn't permit smoking in the building. You need to use the restroom and upon arriving there there is a young fellow by the sink having a cigarette. What is the best way to deal with this?
Quickly take care of your 'business' and alert the hostess to the problem on the way back to your table.
Get into a screaming match with him.
Go over to the rule breaker, grab the cigarette and flush it down the toilet.
Collect your family and stomp out of the restaurant in a huff demanding that your meal be free.
You're at a stop light and you notice the person in the car next to you - ahem - picking their nose. This is an exercise that you have always personally found appalling. Private gripes aside, what is the best way to proceed?
Blow your horn and wave a tissue at him or her.
Roll down your window and holler "Hey! Hey! Stop that!".
Scrunch up your nose and offer a swift (and obscene) hand gesture.
Ignore him or her and just move on when the light turns green.
Your 7-year old son's teacher phones you with a concern about him. It seems he has stopped playing with the boys at recess and now likes jumping rope with the girls. How do you tactfully handle this call?
Decide that when Junior gets home he is going to be talked to and told to never play with the girls again.
Angrily answer: "Look, lady, when he shows up for class in a dress then call me!"
Thank her for her concern and tell her that, in your opinion, it doesn't seem like too big a problem.
Grumbly say : "Are you calling my kid a sissy?"
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Compiled May 25 13