What % Canadian Are Your Manners?

LIFESTYLE

Ashley Linkletter

6 Min Quiz

How do you respond when someone bumps into you at the grocery store?

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When you walk into a restaurant with a "Please wait to be seated" sign, what's the first thing you do?

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You and a friend are on a crowded bus when an elderly couple gets on. What would you do in this scenario?

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When you're at the movie theatre and someone won't stop talking, how do you react?

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Someone says something you can't hear — you respond by saying what?

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Achoo! What would a Canadian be most likely to say after they sneeze?

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How much do you tip at a coffee shop?

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What do you consider the height of rudeness?

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First date protocol states that what kind of behaviour is socially acceptable?

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What do you do when you meet someone for the first time?

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How much do you tip at a restaurant?

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You have a next door neighbour who recently broke their leg. What do you do to help?

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It's someone's birthday at the office. How do you help celebrate?

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You're supposed to meet someone for brunch at a specific time — when do you arrive?

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When you live in an apartment building, it's important to be considerate about noise levels. At what time do you turn down the music?

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Whoever makes dinner does what after the meal is over?

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How do you split the bill at a restaurant with a group of friends?

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You've been introduced to someone and you immediately forget their name. How do you get them to repeat their name?

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You grab the wrong coffee at the coffee shop by accident. How do you react?

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You're about to enjoy a meal at a nice restaurant when you notice your water glass is dirty. What do you do?

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You're shopping for holiday presents and the store is seriously understaffed — to the point where your fellow shoppers are getting restless. How do you react?

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You're at the grocery store in a long line, and you have a shopping cart full of groceries. The person behind you has one item to pay for. Do you let them go ahead?

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Your flight lands 30 minutes late. Do you let the people who have connecting flights go ahead of you?

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It's the Winter Olympic Games, and the Canadian women's hockey team is up by one point. How are you cheering them on?

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Someone butts in line at the bank. How do you respond?

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When you go to work, what do you bring for lunch?

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You're attending a dinner party at someone's house for the first time — what do you bring your host?

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When is it a bad idea to say you're sorry?

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When someone is trying to merge into traffic, what do you do?

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How do you let someone know the seat next to you is taken?

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About This Quiz

Walking down any street in Canada will reveal dozens of people saying they're sorry (usually for something they weren't responsible for in the first place, such as someone bumping into them), doors being held open for any person who even looks in the direction of an entrance and directions being given to anyone who seems evenly mildly confused about their whereabouts. Being polite isn't just a stereotype when it comes to Canadian culture; it's an important part of how our society functions, from neighbourhoods to suburbs and all the way up to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. 

So how polite are you on a day-to-day basis? Are you more likely to solve problems using kindness and empathy, or do you get grumpy when the going gets tough? These questions will determine the extent to which your manners fall within Canadian norms — is politeness a regular part of your life, or do you have to make an effort to put the needs of others first?

If etiquette isn't a huge part of your life, don't worry! The best part about Canadian politeness is that it isn't good manners to leave someone in the dark. We're always happy to offer helpful lessons on developing the manners of a Canadian! 

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