Read the following passage and mark the letter A, B, C or D on your answer sheet to indicate the correct answer to each of the questions.
PERCEPTIONS OF ANIMALS ACROSS CULTURES
When lives and works in another country, there are many things to consider apart from the more obvious ones of climate, language, religion, currency, etc. Some important considerations are less obvious. For example, do you have a pet or do you enjoy a hobby such as horse riding? Your animal or hobby may be perceived in a completely different light in another culture so it’s important to consider the significance given to specific animals in different parts of the world and general perceptions towards them.
One example that is often mentioned in popular press is the case of dogs. In some cultures,
like the US or UK, dogs are loved and considered a great pet to have at home and with the family. In other cultures, such as those where Islam is the majority religion, dogs may be perceived as dirty or dangerous. Muslims are still a matter of debate among Islamic scholars, while these animals are widely considered by many Western cultures to be “mans best friends,” the Koran describes them as “unhygienic”. Muslims will therefore avoid touching a dog unless he can wash his hands immediately afterwards, and they will almost never keep a dog in their home
In Iran, for instance, a cleric once accused “the moral depravity” of dog owners and even demanded their arrest. If you are an international assignee living and working in Saudi Arabia or another Arabic country, you should remember this when inviting Arab counterparts to your house in case you have a dog as a pet. This is just one example of how Islam and other cultural beliefs can impact on aspects of everyday life that someone else may not even question. A Middle Eastern man might be very surprised when going to Japan, for instance, and seeing dogs being dressed and pampered like humans and carried around in baby prams!
Dogs are not the only animals that are perceived quite differently from one culture to another. In India, for example, cows are sacred and are treated with the utmost respect. Conversely in Argentina, beef is a symbol of national pride because of its tradition and the high quality of its cuts. An Indian working in Argentina who has not done his research or participated in a cross cultural training programme such as Doing Business in Argentina may be surprised at his first welcome dinner with his Argentine counterparts where a main dish of beef would be served.
It is therefore important to be aware of the specific values assigned to objects or animals in different cultures to avoid faux-pas or cultural misunderstandings, particularly when living and working in another culture. Learning how people value animals and other symbols around the world is one of the many cultural examples discussed in Communicaid’s intercultural training courses. Understanding how your international colleagues may perceive certain animals can help you ensure you’re not insensitive and it may even provide you with a good topic for conversation.
What does the author suggest in the last paragraph?
A. Talking about different perceptions with others will help you overcome insensitivity.
B. To avoid cultural shocks, people should not live or work in another culture.
C. It’s important to value the objects or animals in different countries before going there.
D. Understanding different perceptions of animals will help you avoid faux-pas in another nation.
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The QG High School Examination 2021 subject ANH
Correct answer: D
The topic. What does the author suggest in the final paragraph?
A. Discussing different perceptions with others will help you overcome insensitive
B. To avoid cultural shocks, people should not live or work in
C. It is important to value objects or animals in different countries before going there.
D. Understanding different perceptions of animals will help you avoid misled actions in another country.
Post: It is therefore crucial to be aware of the specific values assigned to objects or animals in different cultures to avoid faux-pas or cultural misunderstandings, particularly when living and working in another culture.
Represions: Therefore, it is important to be aware of the specific values assigned to objects or animals in different cultures to avoid acts of shame or cultural misunderstanding, especially when living and working in another culture.
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