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Japanese Culture Quiz 1

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10 Question Multiple Choice Quiz with Answers and Answer Explanations

Japanese Culture Quiz 1


1) While having dinner at a restaurant with your Japanese friends your nose starts to run. The most polite thing to do would be to:
a) Sniff repeatedly.
b) Blow your nose on a tissue and throw it away.
c) Excuse yourself, turn your head over your shoulder, blow your nose on a tissue and put it in your pocket..
d) Excuse yourself, turn your head over your shoulder, blow your nose on a handkerchief and put it in your pocket.



Question 2 - Japanese Culture Quiz 1
2) Your nose is running while you are at dinner with your Japanese friends. What would your Japanese friends find the most NAUSEATING!
a) Repeated sniffing.
b) If you blew your nose on a tissue and throw it away.
c) If you blew your nose on a tissue and put it in your pocket.
d) If you excused yourself, turned your head over your shoulder, blew your nose on a handkerchief and put it in your pocket.


Question 3 - Many Decisions are made in Japan by - Japanese Culture Quiz 1
3) Many decisions/choices are made in Japan by:
a) Tossing a coin.
b) Rock, paper, scissors.
c) Women get first choice.
d) Rolling a traditional Japanese dice. 

4) Christmas in Japan...
a) Is not well known as there are few Christians in Japan.
b) Japan is very Westernized these days. Although not a public holiday it is celebrated the same way as in other Christian countries.
c) Is mostly celebrated by sweethearts going on romantic dates.
d) Although most Japanese people are not Christians it is customary to go to church on Christmas eve. The Japanese love of singing and traditions means there is standing room only in churches Japan wide. 

5) Which physical action is used to show that you are indicating yourself in Japan? 
a) Point with your index finger to your chest.
b) Place your hand flat on your heart.
c) Point with your index finger to your nose.
d) Point with your index finger to your head.



Question 6-  If a Japanese person comes at you with 2 fingers it most likely means -  Japanese Culture Quiz 1
6) If a Japanese person comes at you with two fingers like in the picture above it is most likely that:
a) They are none too pleased with you.
b) It is a popular way to say peace man, cool!
c) They think you are awesome!
d) They have just counted to two.

Question 7-  In Japan MAYBE means -   Japanese Culture Quiz 1
7) In Japan MAYBE means?
a) No.
b) Probably not.
c) Maybe.
d) a & b & c

Question 8 -  If you have a cold you should? -  Japanese Culture Quiz 1
8) If you have a cold you should?
a) Stay home from work or school so as not to spread the cold.
b) Go to work or school and wear a cotton face mask so as to not spread the cold. 
c) Carry a lot of tissues and spend a lot of time in the bathroom blowing your nose.  
d) Put lemon, ginger and wasabi in your green tea and sip it slowly.  

9) Takashi tells Keiko a joke, the most polite response from Keiko would be to:
a) To cover her mouth with her hand and laugh, but not too loudly.
b) To laugh very loudly in an exaggerated fashion so that everyone in the surrounding area notices – Takashi would lose face if she didn’t.
c) To take out her hand fan and laugh uproariously while covering her mouth with the fan.
d) To smile politely but try not to laugh.

10) Sarcasm is a popular form of humor in many countries. In Japan:
a) It may go down like a lead balloon.
b) It may be taken literally or misunderstood.
c) Although sarcasm is new to Japan has been popularized by Japanese comedian Tamori – you will be thought to be quite witty and up to date.
d) a & b