Off-white humour blog McSweeney’s has a guide to asking questions at public events, formatted by writer and teacher Meriah Crawford as a final exam. Questions include “How long should my questions be?” and “Is this a good opportunity to explain how the speaker is wrong?” and answers include “Sit your ass back down” and “It’s ideal to tell a brief story about yourself first, so the whole audience understands how important you and/or your question are.”
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It’s maybe more useful as an actual etiquette guide than as a humour piece, and we share it with that purpose in mind, since bad question-askers are still out there, wasting other people’s time, as if they hadn’t even read our own guide to not being a dick at a Q&A.
At any reading, screening or panel, the audience Q&A carries the potential to beautifully cap off the event, or ruin it. For a few minutes, the whole room is captive to anyone who can hold a microphone and likes the sound of their voice. Not everyone deserves such power. Here's how to handle it appropriately.Read more
So take the test and score your own answers. If you’re angry that there’s no answer key, then you’ve already failed.
Univ 123: Asking Questions at Public Events [McSweeney’s]