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