Test Your Intercultural Competence

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  • 1. 
    A "thumbs up" in some Islamic countries is a rude sexual sign.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 2. 
    Forming an “O” with the thumb and the forefinger in Japan means that we can now discuss money.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 3. 
    Scandinavians are more tolerant to silent breaks in conversations.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 4. 
    Laughter in Japan can be a sign of confusion, insecurity or embarrassment.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 5. 
    In the UK, to compromise is seen as a positive sign of both parties winning.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 6. 
    Wearing gloves in Russia when shaking hands is considered polite.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 7. 
    Leaving right after dinner in Central America is considered well-mannered as it means you’ve been well fed.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 8. 
    In Sub-Saharan Africa it is normal to arrive half an hour late for dinner.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 9. 
    If you tell your female friend from Africa that she’s put on weight during her holiday, it means she’s had a good holiday and is physically healthier than when she left.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 10. 
    In Brazil, flicking your fingers under your chin is a sign of disgust.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 11. 
    If you want to show your respect for an elder in Africa, do not look them directly in the eye.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 12. 
    Keeping your hands in your pockets while negotiating in Russia is rude.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 13. 
    It is seen as polite to not accept an offer of food or drink in Persia (Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan) immediately on being offered it, instead you should refuse a few times before accepting the gift.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 14. 
    In France, dinner is commonly served at 5 pm.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 15. 
    In Brazil, purple flowers are a symbol of friendship.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 16. 
    In Mediterranean cultures, being boisterous in the streets and public places is widely accepted.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 17. 
    In Australia, a single male passenger should sit in the back seat.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


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