Stumbling Blocks In Intercultural Communication

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  • 1. 
    The mistake idea that people around the world are similar enough that communication will be easy is which intercultural communication stumbling block?
    • A. 

      Assumption of similarities

    • B. 

      Language differences

    • C. 

      Nonverbal misinterpretation

    • D. 

      Preconceptions and stereotypes

    • E. 

      Tendency to evaluate

    • F. 

      High anxiety

  • 2. 
    From Barna we learn that while no one is surprised that language differences can cause difficulty communicating, the one of the biggest issues in this area actually comes from a person's inability to what?
    • A. 

      Listen to the literal meaning of the sentence

    • B. 

      Study language in their free time

    • C. 

      Bring a dictionary with them wherever they go

    • D. 

      Consider multiple meanings of a word or phrase in a new language based on connotation or context

  • 3. 
    According to Barna, the Japanese tend not to believe the myth of similarities but instead practice an assumption of differences, where they believe they are distinctly different from the rest of the world. What are some problems created by this belief?
    • A. 

      Japanese people are better at intercultural communication.

    • B. 

      Expecting no similarities means a person will work hard to figure out a foreign stranger but does not expect foreigners to be able to understand them.

    • C. 

      Reactions and interpretations can be adjusted to fit "what's happening" rather than simply what is assumed about a culture.

    • D. 

      According to the article, Japanese people will travel less.

  • 4. 
    The article gives examples of different experiences students had when smiling or interpreting smiling in other cultures. What can we learn from these experiences?
    • A. 

      Smiling always means you are a sexual maniac or an impolite person.

    • B. 

      You shouldn't smile when you travel or meet foreigners.

    • C. 

      Smiling and other simple gestures can be interpreted differently in different cultures.

    • D. 

      Smiling always means you are superficial and fake.

  • 5. 
    People from different cultures inhabit different sensory realities.They tend to notice only what is significant to their culture and interpret it through that filter. Which intercultural communication stumbling block is this?
    • A. 

      Assumption of similarities

    • B. 

      Language differences

    • C. 

      Nonverbal misinterpretations

    • D. 

      Preconceptions and stereotypes

    • E. 

      Tendency to evaluate

    • F. 

      High anxiety

  • 6. 
    What is the basic function of culture regarding stereotypes according to Ernest Becker?
    • A. 

      Stereotypes are always right and, therefore, help people understand how they should act in a certain culture.

    • B. 

      Stereotypes help us accurately understand how other people will think and behave before meeting them.

    • C. 

      Stereotypes lay out a predicable world that makes sense to the observer.

    • D. 

      Stereotypes help us objectively view stimuli when surrounded by or attempting to interpret another culture.

  • 7. 
    People often interpret the world by first believing that their own culture or way of life is right, proper and natural. This prevents open-minded attention needed to look at attitudes and behaviors from another person's point of view. Which intercultural communication stumbling block is this?
    • A. 

      Assumption of similarities

    • B. 

      Language differences

    • C. 

      Nonverbal misinterpretations

    • D. 

      Preconceptions and stereotypes

    • E. 

      Tendency to evaluate

    • F. 

      High anxiety

  • 8. 
    According to the article, when people want to overcome the tendency to evaluate in order to be better communicators, what often makes it harder to do so?
    • A. 

      Food

    • B. 

      Clothes

    • C. 

      Emotions

    • D. 

      Favorite music styles

  • 9. 
    What is the name for the stress a person feels after needing to remain constantly "on guard" and to always worry about "protecting onself" from making mistakes while remaining in a foreign culture over time?
    • A. 

      Culture shock

    • B. 

      Irritable bowel syndrome

    • C. 

      Physiological makeup

    • D. 

      Defense arousal

  • 10. 
    According to the article, what are some positive ways to handle the stress of intercultural situations in order to feel more comfortable around other cultures and keep negative physiological reactions to a minimum? CHOOSE ALL THAT ARE CORRECT.
    • A. 

      Practice body awareness so changes that signify a stress reaction can be identified and counteracted.

    • B. 

      Eat foreign foods often so that you are accustomed to their taste.

    • C. 

      Seek out stressful situations so you're simply used to being stressed all the time.

    • D. 

      Find opportunities to become familiar with many types of people so that differences become normal and interesting instead of threatening.

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