Test Your Cultural Intelligence

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1. The country in which disclosing personal information to expose your vulnerability is most likely to build trust is:
Japan
United States
Singapore
Australia
South Korea

2. In which country is blue the color of heaven?
Iran
China
Japan
Egypt
Thailand

3. What is the "culture as an iceberg" metaphor referring to?
The idea that being in an unknown culture seems cold or uncomfortable
The need to break the ice when in a new cultural setting
The idea that when observing a culture, certain things are obvious above the surface, but are only the tip of the iceberg
The need to avoid being frozen in your beliefs
The idea that you need to steer through new cultures to avoid crashing into icebergs

4. Which city is the most expensive per diem (per day)?
Istanbul
Amsterdam
New York
Tokyo
Dubai

5. Which of these countries is most appreciative of directness and saying what you think, without hiding anything?
Netherlands
Singapore
Australia
Japan
Indonesia

6. How many days of vacation are mandatory by law for full time employees in the United States?
0
5
10
15
20

7. From which country does the proverb "Little by little the bird builds his nest" originate?
United States
Germany
India
Japan
France

8. In which country is yellow the color of mourning?
Thailand
India
Egypt
China
Ireland

9. From which country does the proverb "From the word to the deed there is a long way" originate?
Ireland
Germany
Estonia
China
France

10. Which of the following is not a key principle of the Hindu paradigm or way of life?
Karma
Efficiency
Patience
Obedience
Knowledge

11. What is the best advice to give to someone entering a high-context culture (such as Japan) from a low-context one (such as the United States)?
Maintain a distinction between work and personal relationships
Keep proceedings informal
Keep agreements concise and written
Move to business conversation as quickly as possible
Expect to feel out of your comfort zone

12. What is the best advice to give to someone moving from a low-context culture to a high-context one?
Try to act more politely and formally
Expect to feel out of your comfort zone
Expect more loose and unwritten agreements
Have more time to build relationships
Recognize the strong distinction between insiders and outsiders