Culture, French Manners
Terms in this set (20)
You should place your napkin in your lap immediately after being seated?
FALSE: Once the lady of the house places her napkin in her lap, other guests should follow suit.
Your bread should go in the upper left edge of your plate?
FALSE: Bread is placed directly on the tablecloth, unless it is a formal meal in which bread plates are used.
You should tear your bread into a bite-sized piece before eating it.
TRUE: It is very impolite to take a bite from the whole piece of bread.
After each course, you should wipe your plate with a piece of bread.
TRUE: However, this should be done gently as a means of cleaning the plate for the next course, not slopping up the
leftover sauce. In a more formal course, each course is served on
a new plate, so cleaning the plate is not necessary.
A French dinner often consists of a salad with vinaigrette for the starter, main course, cheese course, dessert, and coffee.
TRUE: Bread and mineral water are offered throughout the meal.
Coffee is usually served after dessert.
It is acceptable to eat pommes frites with your fingers.
FALSE: While fast food has made its mark in France, eating foods with your fingers is strictly limited when you are at the dinner table.
When not holding utensils, your hands should be visible above the table. Your hands should not be in your lap
TRUE: should be above the table at all times. Hands resting on the table shouldn't come up to more than half the forearm
(no elbows should rest on the dinner table at any time).
When eating at a friend's house,
it is impolite to ask for seconds.
TRUE: You are expected to eat all food on your plate and
you should not ask for seconds.
At a restaurant, if you do not finish your meal, it is acceptable to ask for it to be boxed up.
FALSE: Never ask for a doggy bag, it is considered very rude.
It is considered rude to arrive
on time to a friend's house in France
TRUE: In France, the golden rule is to arrive fifteen minutes late.
In France, it is typical
to have _________ on the
table to serve water.
In France, you put your
serviette on your lap....
only after your host does.
In France, if you are invited
for dinner at 6:30 p.m. you
should arrive at....
dix-neuf heures moins le quart.
A typical vinaigrette (for the salad)
is made with....
la moutarde et l'huile.
The national dish (le plat
principal) of France is...
Where does the bread go on
a French table?
on the tablecloth.
What is the current
currency of France?
When eating at a friend's house
it is important to...
use a fork when eating pommes frites.
Before the dessert course, it
is customary to have...
In what year did France
undergo a currency change
(franc to the euro)?