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Setting a Royal Table
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"Would you like to set a table fit for a queen or king? Take this quiz and learn how!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The first item to be placed on our royal table is the tablecloth. Which of the following is NOT correct regarding the proper use of tablecloths?
Cloth napkins are de rigueur.
A white or cream colored cloth is most appropriate for a formal dinner.
A cloth at a formal dinner should reach the floor.
Individual place-mats should be reserved for informal meals.
Novels and movies are full of scenes where unsophisticated guests at a formal meal are confused by the array of silverware. What simple rule can be used to help navigate your way through this confusion?
Use the silverware from the outside, and make your way in.
Start from the right and move to your left - it's like reading Hebrew!
Start from the left and move to your right, just like you read an English book.
It doesn't really matter. Use whatever silverware you wish.
We will certainly need a selection of glasses on our royal table. Which one of the following beverages does not absolutely require a stemmed glass?
Port or other dessert wine
In 1783 King George IV of England began ordering porcelain for use by the royal family. Some of the china he ordered is used to this day. What type of porcelain did King George IV order?
Sevres - made in France
Delft - made in Holland
Staffordshire - made in England
Wedgwood - made in England
Would you really like to dine like royalty? Rostrand, the Scandanavian pottery firm, offers a set for sale that was originally designed for a very special banquet. Which banquet was this?
The annual birthday dinner for the Queen of Denmark
The Kentucky Derby banquet
The banquet for prize winners at the Cannes festival
The Nobel Prize banquet
The state dining room of the White House is often the scene of lavish banquets. However, popular opinion frequently opposed the cost of outfitting the White House with appropriate crockery, especially if it was foreign-made. Who was the first First Lady to introduce American-made porcelain to the White House?
Our discussion of fine table-ware would not be complete without a reference to China, the country with the longest history of producing ceramics. During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) most of the pottery produced in Jingedezhen in the providence of Jiangxi was for the imperial court. The emperor would not accept any piece that was less than perfect. What was done with pottery that had a flaw?
It was immediately shattered.
It was sold to Europeans who were unable to discern the flaws.
It was donated to monks in the temples.
The flawed piece was buried with the man who produced it.
You are invited to an afternoon tea. Your friend, the hostess, asks you to pour the tea. What should your reaction be?
You are insulted. She is treating you like a servant.
You are pleased. It is an honor to pour.
You are amused. Doesn't she know it is easier to make individual cups of tea with a tea bag in each cup?
You are flabbergasted. Doesn't she know that tea is strictly a morning drink?
Which of the following could you serve in its original container at a formal dinner?
We've finished our dinner and it is time to clear the table. Which of the following would NOT be considered a faux pas while preparing the table for dessert?
Scraping the plates at the table.
Using a brush to clear crumbs into a plate or special container.
Piling dishes one upon the other at the table.
Throwing chicken bones to the dog.
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