Kyle, if I ordered 3 or 4 hors-d'oeuvres and asked them to pace these, would that clear up any confusion?
I suppose I also meant to ask if it was considered rude socially (to the restaurant and to your fellow diners). Improper not to partake of designated courses or something?
I always ask to get things "coursed." Nothing worse, IMO, than multiple plates showing up at once.