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1. In what country is it considered a compliment to slurp loudly while eating soup?
  • Iceland
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • Colombia
Incorrect.Correct! In many Asian cultures, slurping is a sign you appreciate the food.
2. You are in Amman, Jordan, and you are invited to go to the souk. Where will you be going?
  • Mosque
  • Market
  • Park
  • Turkish bath
Incorrect.Correct! In the Arab world a souk is a market.
3. In Italy, mums and roses are the favored flowers to take when invited to dinner. True or False?
  • True
  • False
Incorrect.Correct! In Italy, mums and roses are funeral flowers. Colors, numbers, and types of flowers can be a minefield in different cultures.
4. In many countries, it is perfectly normal for men to be physically affectionate with each other. True or False?
  • True
  • False
Incorrect.Correct! Men in foreign countries often greet each other in a variety of ways, from strong embraces to a kiss on the cheek. The distance and formality of American greetings is not always the norm.
5. In which country would showing up half an hour late for an invitation be considered rude?
  • Greece
  • Switzerland
  • Panama
  • Guinea
Incorrect.Correct! Attitudes to time differ between different cultures in often quite significant ways. For example, in some countries arriving late to a meeting is the norm, or at least tolerated, where in other countries, such as the United States, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland, punctuality is expected.
6. If you are having dinner with a business partner in Argentina, when is it appropriate to talk business?
  • As soon as you sit down at the table
  • After some polite table conversation
  • After the meal is through
  • Never
Incorrect.Correct! In Argentina, relationships are important, so it helps to begin with table conversation to get to know each other before beginning to discuss business matters in earnest. You should follow your business partner’s cues, and pick up the business discussion when she or he steers in that direction.

Beginning with small talk helps establish a base for the relationship, after which discussion of business matters can begin. Wait for your host to initiate.

7. In Egypt, you have been invited to a meal at a family home. Towards the end of the meal you are very full. Your hostess offers you more food. What should you do?
  • Politely refuse.
  • Accept and eat everything on your plate.
  • Accept and take a small bite.
  • Accept and ask if you can take it with you.
Incorrect.Correct! In most of the Middle East you will always be offered more food. If you really don't want to eat anymore, take very little and leave it on your plate. It’s considered good manners to leave a small amount of food on your plate to show the host(ess) has fed you enough food.
8. While in South Korea for a business meeting, you present a gift to a business associate to thank him for his hospitality and to build the relationship. He refuses to accept the gift. You should:
  • Apologize for offending him
  • Insist he takes the gift until it is accepted
  • Quietly keep the gift
Incorrect.Correct! In South Korea, expect some resistance when giving gifts. Not accepting a gift right away is considered good manners, so persistence is key!
9. In India, you are invited to a friend’s house to share a meal of rice and curry. What is the best way to eat?
  • Using a spoon
  • Using your left hand only
  • Using your right hand only
  • Using both hands
Incorrect.Correct! Using your left hand to eat is taboo in India—only the right hand may be used for eating. The left hand is considered unclean.
10. In which country would you expect to see students knock on their desks after a particularly good lecture or presentation?
  • Brazil
  • Uganda
  • Thailand
  • Germany
Incorrect.Correct! In Germany and Austria, many students would knock on their desks or a table to show appreciation for a good lecture or presentation. In these cultures this action serves as a form of applause in academic settings.
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