Understanding "A Cultural Difference: Being On Time"

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Understanding "A Cultural Difference: Being On Time" - Quiz

This is a reading comprehension quiz for American Language Institute at San Francisco State. This quiz is only for ALI students, teachers, and staff. Thank you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What did the professor decide to study?

    • A.

      Universities in Brazil

    • B.

      The Brazilian students' attitudes about time

    • C.

      Universities in America

    • D.

      What time students wake up

    Correct Answer
    B. The Brazilian students' attitudes about time
    Explanation
    The professor decided to study the Brazilian students' attitudes about time.

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  • 2. 

    Describe the professors experiment.

    • A.

      He started class later.

    • B.

      He went to a laboratory and experimented with a new chemical.

    • C.

      He had lunch with the students.

    • D.

      He talked to American and Brazilian students about lateness in both an informal and formal situation.

    Correct Answer
    D. He talked to American and Brazilian students about lateness in both an informal and formal situation.
    Explanation
    The professor's experiment involved talking to American and Brazilian students about lateness in both informal and formal situations. This suggests that the professor wanted to gather information and understand the perspectives of students from different cultures regarding lateness. By conducting these conversations, the professor may have been able to gain insights into how lateness is perceived and addressed in different social contexts, which could be valuable for future research or teaching strategies.

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  • 3. 

    Did American and Brazilian students have the same idea about lateness in class?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "No" because the question asks whether American and Brazilian students have the same idea about lateness in class. This implies that there might be a difference in their perspectives or attitudes towards lateness. Therefore, it can be inferred that American and Brazilian students do not have the same idea about lateness in class.

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  • 4. 

    Do classes always begin and end at the appointed hour in both cultures?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    Classes do not always begin and end at the appointed hour in both cultures. This suggests that there may be variations in the punctuality of classes in different cultures.

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  • 5. 

    In general, what did the Brazilian students think about people who are late?Use this sentence starter: "They are ____"

    Correct Answer
    more successful
    high status
    more important
    of prestige
    Explanation
    The Brazilian students believed that people who are late are perceived as more successful, have a high status, are more important, and are of prestige. This suggests that punctuality is highly valued in Brazilian culture and those who are late may be seen as successful and influential individuals.

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  • 6. 

    What was the result of the study?

    • A.

      The students began to arrive to class on time.

    • B.

      The professor found out that the Brazilian students were late because they do not respect him.

    • C.

      The professor learned that the Brazilian students were not being disrespectful to him

    • D.

      The professor found out that Brazilian students are never late for a lunch date.

    Correct Answer
    C. The professor learned that the Brazilian students were not being disrespectful to him
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the professor learned that the Brazilian students were not being disrespectful to him. This can be inferred from the statement that the professor found out that the Brazilian students were late because they do not respect him. This implies that the professor's initial assumption of disrespect was proven wrong, indicating that the students were not being disrespectful.

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  • 7. 

    Choose the statement which best expresses the writer's main idea.

    • A.

      It is important to be on time for class in the Unites States, but not in Brazil.

    • B.

      People can learn the importance of punctuality when they are young.

    • C.

      The importance of being on time differs among cultures.

    Correct Answer
    C. The importance of being on time differs among cultures.
    Explanation
    The writer's main idea is that the importance of being on time differs among cultures. This implies that in some cultures, like the United States, being on time for class is important, while in other cultures, like Brazil, it may not be as significant. The statement suggests that punctuality is a cultural norm that varies from one society to another.

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  • 8. 

    Who is the audience for this reading?Use the sentence starter, "People who___"

    Correct Answer
    are international students
    live in new cultures
    live in a new country
    want to know about other cultures
    Explanation
    People who are international students, live in new cultures, live in a new country, or want to know about other cultures are the audience for this reading. The reading is likely to provide information and insights about different cultures, which would be particularly relevant and interesting to international students and individuals who are living in a new country or experiencing new cultures. It would also appeal to those who have a general curiosity and desire to learn about other cultures.

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  • 9. 

    Why did the writer write this article?

    • A.

      To inform readers that the importance of time varies by culture

    • B.

      To share feelings about university classes

    • C.

      To express an opinion about Brazilian students

    • D.

      To persuade readers to be on time

    Correct Answer
    A. To inform readers that the importance of time varies by culture
    Explanation
    The writer wrote this article to inform readers that the importance of time varies by culture. The article likely discusses different cultural perspectives on punctuality and how it is valued differently in various societies. The purpose is to provide readers with an understanding that time is not universally perceived and prioritized in the same way across different cultures.

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  • 10. 

    Describe one example of a cultural difference that you have noticed.

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