Test your knowledge of Chinese Culture & Interacting with the Chinese

Test Your Knowledge of Chinese Culture
1. Where is the capital of China?
 Hong Kong

2. What is the official language of China?

3. If the Chinese woman's name is Zhang Xiaomei, is Zhang :
 her husband's last name
 her first name
 her own last name

4. How many minority nationalities in China?

5. When you heard of a Chinese person mentions my "Ai Ren" (Ai means love, and Ren means person), the meaning of the word "Ai Ren" is:
 Wife or husband
 Girlfriend or boyfriend

6. When a Chinese friend says: "Have you eaten yet?" to you, what does he mean:
 Invite you to have dinner
 Greeting you
 Just curious

7. When you receive a red envelope from a Chinese person, what do you get inside?
 Love letter

8. What does the word yellow imply?
 Adult content
 Good luck
 Bad luck

9. Where was the fortune cookie original from?
 Mainland China
 Hong Kong
 Chinese Americans in USA

10. Which animal does not belong to 12 Animal Zodiac?

Correct answers:
1. Beijing
2. Mandarin
3. her own last name
4. 55
5. Wife or hursband
6. Greeting you
7. Cash
8. Adult content
9. Chinese Americans in USA

10. Cat

Blended cultural learning presentation

Interacting with the Chinese

At the end of this quiz your knowledge will be judged on how many questions you answered correctly.
Test your knowledge by answering the following questions on Chinese culture and business practices.
Please check the most appropriate answers.
1. What is the official national language of China?
  1. Cantonese. 
  2. Mandarin. 
  3. Shanghainese. 
2. The People's Republic of China was established in which year?
  1. 1947. 
  2. 1945. 
  3. 1949. 
3. The best form of communication for doing business with the Chinese is:
  1. Telephone.
  2. E-mail. 
  3. Face to face. 
4. True or False: Gift giving in China is considered inappropriate.
  1. True. 
  2. False. 
5. Which of the following is not true about Chinese names?
  1. The family name usually precedes the personal name in Chinese.
  2. English names are sometimes adopted because they know it is difficult for foreigners to remember their Chinese names. 
  3. People outside the family use their personal names.
6. When you are invited to a social occasion, you should arrive:
  1. On time.
  2. 10 to 15 minutes early. 
  3. 10 to 15 minutes late. 
7. The best way to indicate you are full after a meal is:
  1. Leave the unfinished food on your plate to indicate that you are satisfied. 
  2. To place your chopsticks parallel on the top of your bowl. 
  3. Leave no food left on your plate. 
8. True or False: It is better to find a third party to act as an intermediary and introducer.
  1. True. 
  2. False. 
9. When shaking hands with a Chinese counterpart, the handshake should be:
  1. Strong grip lasting less than three seconds. 
  2. Lightly without the Western custom of gripping the hand firmly. 
  3. Strong grip and lasting for longer than three seconds. 
10. Which of these statements apply to the relationship between supervisor and subordinate in China?
  1. Hierarchical - "earned” respect for elder (mandate of heaven); obedience; subordinates are deferential in behaviour towards supervisors; conformity; "yes" mentality; group think; extreme politeness, caution and sensitivity in expressing differences in views (often seen to be risky; perceived punitive climate); never contradict boss in front of others; concept of 'light eared' behind the scenes politics. 
  2. Weak Hierarchies – equality is valued. Criticism can be voiced, but in an indirect way. Elders are not treated in a special way. Consensus is valued, but not at any price. It is acceptable to criticise your boss. 
11. What does''Mianzi' stand for?
  1. 'Mianzi' is the traditional welcoming ritual in China. 
  2. 'Mianzi' regards saving 'Face'. Mianzi is concerned with self-respect, dignity and reputation. 
  3. 'Mianzi' is a traditional Chinese dish, which is often served to foreign business people. 
12. True or false: It is common to bow in China when meeting someone.
  1. True. 
  2. False. 
13. Which of these statements apply to the Chinese business culture?
  1. It is common to exaggerate one's abilities in China.
  2. Most Chinese will always consult the stars before making major decisions.
  3. At the end of a meeting, you should never leave before the Chinese. 
14. What does 'Guanxi' not refer to?
  1. 'Guanxi' is the traditional seating order during a business meal.
  2. 'Guanxi' the linking of two people in a relationship of mutual dependence.
15. True or false: In China, logic is more important than intuition.
  1. True. 
  2. False. 
16. Which of these items are inappropriategifts?
  1. Clocks. 
  2. Scissors. 
  3. Candy. 
  4. Fruit baskets. 
17. How should you address your Chinese counterparts?
  1. Chinese prefer to be called by their first name. 
  2. You should always be aware of a person's status and title. You should use titles such as General, Committee Member, or Bureau Chief when possible. 
18. True or False: Confucianism still influences the Chinese society.
  1. True. 
  2. False. 
19. Which rule applies to the Chinese business culture?
  1. 'Trust comes before business'. 
  2. 'Business comes first, personal relationships are not very important'. 
20. True or False: You may see members of the same sex holding hands.
  1. True. 
  2. False. 
21. True or False: Chinese regard their word as their bond and can be generally trusted to adhere to agreements and commitments.
  1. True. 
  2. False. 
22. Do Chinese show anger during negotiations?
  1. The Chinese would never show anger during meetings, as this would not agree with the laws of Confucianism.
  2. Although the display of anger is not acceptable under Confucian morality, Chinese may show calculated anger to put pressure on the opposite side, which may be afraid of losing the contract.
23. What are the most important tasks of an expatriate in China?
  1. Entertaining and relationship building. 
  2. Saving and giving face. 
24. True or False: It is better to ask the Chinese to turn off their mobile phones during a meeting to minimise any interruptions.
  1. True. 
  2. False. 
25. Always receive a business card by:
  1. Taking the card with one hand.
  2. Holding the card with both hands, holding the card corners between thumb and foreigner.
  3. Immediately giving the person who gave you their card one of yours.