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    Dear all,

    Could anyone please help me with the 2 questions in the very end of the paragraph below?
    Thank you.

    Two decades ago, when many of today’s top executives were cutting their
    teeth as mid-level managers, business etiquette was usually learned in a local
    setting: customs varied from firm to firm and from region to region. Now those
    same executives must master the intricacies of business etiquette in dozens of
    different regions, each with its own set of rivalries, traditions and taboos. Stories
    of mishaps, such as the famed Chevy Nova, which means no go in Spanish, are
    legion. And while etiquette is usually discussed as traveling one-way, the
    American or European executive trying to avoid offending the potential new
    customer in a third-world market can be just as intimidating for a company from
    India, Japan or Taiwan looking for western partners.
    Fortunately, the cottage industry for teaching international business
    etiquette is now well-established, with hundreds of books and short courses
    available. Such courses, in truth, do more to reassure the traveler than to
    promote relations abroad; it is impossible to learn every nuance of a foreign
    culture from an hour lecture or a few pages in a book. But if you prepare
    yourself to avoid the most obvious mistakes, you will feel less worried if you
    make a minor slip. 4
    z What is this reading about?
    (A)Business travelers are helped by a little cultural knowledge.
    (B)Business travelers lead a rich life while working abroad.
    (C)Being modest aids traveling business executives in different countries.
    (D)Business etiquette now involves the buyer and seller.
    z What would be a good title for this article?
    (A)Some Healthy Ideas for Business Travelers Abroad
    (B)Observations on Business Travelers Needs Away from Home
    (C)A Little Business Cultural Knowledge Helps Out A Lot
    (D) Learning International Business Etiquette on Your Own

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    Re: reading

    We do not do homework for you.

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    Re: reading

    This is not homework. It is a sample MBA practice exam question online. Because it is a sample question, I could not find any answers to it, but I think the multiple choices answer are weird, so I want to know everyone's opinion. Would you please help me understand? Thank you.

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    Re: reading

    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    This is not homework. It is a sample MBA practice exam question online. Because it is a sample question, I could not find any answers to it, but I think the multiple choices answer are weird, so I want to know everyone's opinion. Would you please help me understand? Thank you.
    Even so, it's a good idea to say which you think is right, or which ones you can rule out - ie. at least give an indication that you've thought about it.
    If you do this first, I'll help you.

    PS: This applies to all learners' questions, and most actually do it.

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    For first question I think answer is between C or D.
    The article does not mention about being modest, although it did mention about business etiquette, but it does not say anything about the seller or buyer. It only mention that westerners trying not to offend customers in the third world country and Asian companies who are looking for foreign partnerships which the foreign could be a foreign supplier or buyer. So it is really difficult to say what the answer is for the first question.

    Being modest aids traveling business executives in different countries.-
    Business etiquette now involves the buyer and seller.

    As to What would be a good title for this article, I think the answer is is A or C, but I think it is still sounds weird, because there is only one central idea, not ideas. In regards to C for the article title, it just not seems right.

    Please help me understand. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by idiotmike View Post
    For first question I think answer is between C or D.
    The article does not mention about being modest, although it did mention about business etiquette, but it does not say anything about the seller or buyer. It only mention that westerners trying not to offend customers in the third world country and Asian companies who are looking for foreign partnerships which the foreign could be a foreign supplier or buyer. So it is really difficult to say what the answer is for the first question.

    Being modest aids traveling business executives in different countries.-
    Business etiquette now involves the buyer and seller.

    As to What would be a good title for this article, I think the answer is is A or C, but I think it is still sounds weird, because there is only one central idea, not ideas. In regards to C for the article title, it just not seems right.

    Please help me understand. Thank you
    The answers are not obvious, but I'll tell you my guesses.
    1. (A)Business travelers are helped by a little cultural knowledge.
    2. (C)A Little Business Cultural Knowledge Helps Out A Lot

    Note that these answers support each other, and they reflect the conclusion of the article: But if you prepare yourself to avoid the most obvious mistakes, you will feel less worried if you make a minor slip. That is, a little knowledge helps.

    While I wouldn't say the passage was about 1A, that is the conclusion. B and D are wrong because those aspects are not even mentioned, and C would have to be inferred. A is directly mentioned.
    For 2, A is obviously wrong, D is not mentioned, B is too general, while again C is directly mentioned.

    But they are poor questions. Those choices are only the best of a bad lot.

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