The one and only time I've ever experienced a 5-course meal was on a cruise and I didn't know how to use all the utensils. If I had this guide to table settings from the team at howlongtocook.org I would have had a better idea of what everything was for. In a formal 5 course setting you get a total of 5 forks. There is a salad fork, fish fork, meat fork, seafood fork and a cake fork. These are in different locations to your plate depending on what one you are using. There are also four different knives and four spoons. If you didn't think that was confusing enough, you also get five different glasses to hold, wine, champagne, water and after dinner cordial. If you just want to know the proper way to set a table for a basic dinner, they have that on here also. One fork on the left, knife and spoon on the right. This is a good chart to have close by to the kitchen.
Infographic by: howlongtocook