Expanding Your Cultural Intelligence Quiz

Your CQ can be as important as your IQ

Woman of the Yakima Nation, Seattle, Wash., 1899Few subjects are as massive and complex as culture. Here’s how the American Heritage English Dictionary leads off its definition of the term: “the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought.” The “all other products” qualifier would strain the resources of most anyone’s cultural quotient, or CQ, which global-competence researchers, Linn Van Dyne, Soon Ang and Christine Koh, interpret as an individual’s “capability to function effectively in situations characterized by cultural diversity.”

Diversity, of course, at least according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, roundly refers to “many demographic variables, including, but not limited to, race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, Sadhu, or wandering holy man, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, Indiaeducation, geographic origin, and skill characteristics.” Yes, as it turns out, culture is probably the most elaborate, multifaceted, omnipresent and difficult subject in the human condition. Just getting through the first couple paragraphs of this quiz opener requires a glossary of sorts.

For the purposes of this quiz, which will begin shortly, culture will be sighted and united by nations. Geert Hofstede, a Dutch pioneer in social psychology, created a five-cluster model to describe national cultural dimensions. Hofstede describes culture as the “collective mental programming of the human mind which distinguishes one group of people from another.” Distilled for the harried consumer, the five dimensions play out as follows:

Dia de los Muertos, aka Day of the DeadPower distance: This dimension concludes that individuals in societies are not equal; power distance measures how people with less power expect and accept that power is distributed unequally in their country.

Individualism: This dimension measures the degree of interdependence in a society, distinguishing between self-images based on “I” or “We.” People in individualist countries only watch out for direct family; people in collectivist countries join groups, trading loyalty for security.

Field intelligence combat unit in the Israel Defense Forces, or IDFMasculinity/Femininity: This dimension determines what motivates people in terms of wanting to be the best, a masculine high score, or liking what you do, a feminine low score. Masculine countries focus on becoming tops in a given field; feminine countries focus on caring for others and quality of life.

Uncertainty avoidance: This dimension relates to how people in a country deal with the future. Do they try to control outcomes Nicaraguan Farmeror just let life happen? Do they create belief systems and institutional bulwarks because they feel threatened by ambiguity and the unknown?

Long-term orientation: This dimension centers on Confucius and his philosophy. In the search for virtue, do people in a country take a pragmatic, far-flung view of the future or do they run with a conventional perspective energized by short-term successes?

The cultural dimensions of the United States compared to other countries: *
* Graphics courtesy of the Hofstede Centre

Realizing the quiz will start in a matter of moments, a brief take on national cultural norms must be hurriedly explored. Created by Richard Lewis, the British scholar who penned When Cultures Collide, the Lewis Model* assigns countries cultural identities according to three color-coded categories. Chainsawed to meet the needs of time-challenged bystanders and passersby, the categories unfold as follows:

Linear-active: Cultures where people are happiest scheduling, organizing, pursuing chains of action and simply doing one thing at a time. Examples: Germany, Switzerland, USA, UK.

Multi-active: Cultures where people are happiest doing many things at once and making plans based on thrill factors and degree of importance. Examples: Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Argentina.

Reactive: Cultures where people are happiest emphasizing courtesy and respect, good listening skills, and careful responses to offers and overtures. Examples: China, Japan, Vietnam.

The Lewis Model

* Graphic courtesy of Best-Career-Match.com 

Reindeer People of MongoliaNow that the quiz is within taking distance, critical questions must be asked: What is the point of CQ? Why worry about global cultural competencies? How can cultural awareness be advantageous in the workplace? But first, what does boosting your CQ actually do? The Cultural Intelligence Center has four answers:

  1. Enhances sensitivity to cultural differences
  2. Reduces use of overly simplistic stereotypes
  3. Enhances adjustment and relationships in multicultural contexts
  4. Improves decision-making and work performance in multicultural contexts

English National Rugby Team (white) vs. FranceVirtually every situation contains cultural dimensions that can influence your interpersonal relationships, dimensions that are often close to home, including lifestyles, career disciplines, musical tastes, food preferences and even political orientations. Raising your CQ provides insights into your own strengths and weaknesses while allowing you to downsize misunderstandings in your social and business interactions. Bottom line, globalization and diversity are hallmarks of the modern workaday environment. Dialing up your CQ is a no-brainer opportunity to fast-track your personal and professional development.

Finally, the damn quiz…

Expanding Your Cultural Intelligence

Held in Timbuktu, Festival au désert, aka Festival in the Desert, is an annual concert for peace that showcases both traditional music from the Tuareg people, those valiant nomads of the Sahara, along with music from around the globe. What country hosts this festival?

Festival au désert, Timbuktu, Mali

Located on Museum Island in a river called Spree, Bode Museum received a $209 million refurbishment in 2006 and remains known for its transcendent collection of European sculpture. What country houses this museum?

The Harajuka fashion style grew up around a train station and today expresses a number of concepts via clothing, including displays of cuteness, also called Kawaii, and portrayals of characters from manga (comics) and anime (animation) in an activity called cosplaying, or costume playing. What country originated this style?

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Huldufólk, also known as elves and hidden people, live among lava boulders, geysers, volcanoes and glaciers. Construction projects are planned around huldufólk dwellings and four national holidays champion the mysteries of huldufólk culture each year. What country is home to this secretive brood?

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The martial art, eskrima, takes its name from the Spanish word for fencing. Eskrima focuses on weapons-based fighting techniques with practitioners learning how to deliver beat-downs using sticks, staffs, batons and blades of all kinds. What country is the source of this martial art?

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A World Heritage Site, Serra da Capivara National Park was created to protect prehistoric artifacts, including cave paintings that date back 30,000 years. Before the paintings were discovered, experts believed humans from Asia arrived in the Americas only 12,000 years ago. The park features more than 300 archaeological hotspots. What country created this national park?

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Called a kräftskiva, a crayfish party is typically held in August due to a longstanding alignment with crayfish harvests from the past. Boiled in saltwater and seasoned with crown dill, crayfish are a finger food best served cold. What country started this tradition?

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Hunted by eagle owls and pampered by humans as exotic pets, the fennec fox sports distinctively large, Yoda-like ears. This fox is the smallest member of the Canidae family, weighing in at no more than 3.5 pounds. What country named the fennec fox as its national animal?

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Usually performed by several dozen people, the kolo is a folk dance that requires minimal movement above the waist. Dancers step along in a circle wearing special shoes made from cured pig skin molded to their feet. What country honored the kolo as its national dance?

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Yank tank, or máquina, is a slang term used to identify American-made automobiles, especially large-model classics rolled out in the 1950s and 60s. Examples include the \'57 Chev, \'53 Ford and \'58 Dodge. What country is known for its profusion of yank tanks?

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Every village in this kingdom features a field for archery, a martial art requiring sparkling intelligence and extreme concentration. Equipped with cheerleaders and boisterous fans, competitions bring together all levels of society in an atmosphere of deadly serious fun. What country designated archery as its national sport in 1971?

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A pre-Columbian indigenous people that lived from 700 CE to 1530 CE, the Diquís knuckled under to extinction, but not before creating hundreds of stone spheres, aka petrospheres, of all sizes. Legend insists the spheres were fired from a giant blowpipe by a bygone thunder god called Tlatchque, who aimed to scare off Category 5 hurricane gods known as Serkes. What country adopted the spheres as its iconic national symbol?

Older than Jesus and the BFF of St. Nicholas, Krampus is the Christmas hell-beast that jazzes up the folklore of several nations. Krampus brings holiday fear to children and appears like a wild man on Krampus Night, or Krampusnacht. Krampus is also a popular face on seasonal greeting cards. What country gave Krampus the name Klaubauf?

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Water puppetry, which dates back to the 11th century, features lacquered wood puppets and a pool of water serving as a stage. The first water puppet shows were performed in rice paddies to entertain world-weary villagers, but also to mollify cranky nature spirits. What country devised this unique art form?

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After her husband was killed in action, Cut Nyak Dhien commanded guerrilla troops in a 25-year war against Dutch forces. Born into an aristocratic Islamic family in 1848, Dhien was celebrated for her physical beauty. The Dutch eventually captured Dhien and sentenced her to exile. What country named her a national hero in 1964?

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According to Vodou, a religion centered on an unknowable creator god and droves of spirits called loa, a competent sorcerer can revive dead people by turning them into zombies. Also known by the Creole term, zonbi, the revived zombie toils as the sorcerer\'s minion. Apparently, zombies can be sent back to their graves by feeding them salty foods (tell that to the walking dead). What country is famous for its fringe element of zombies?

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The ancient mythology of this land took its lead from life in a fertile river valley surrounded by harsh if not deadly terrain. Such urgent circumstances molded a precarious worldview, one linked to stability in the cross hairs of chaos. Gods and goddesses picked up names like Horus, Anubis, Isis and Ra. What country is the birthplace of this prominent mythology?

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The Scarlet Sails ranks as one of the more colossal public events on the planet. More than 3 million people attended the 2010 celebration, which highlights the months-long White Nights Festival and includes fireworks, concerts and a mind-boggling water show. The tradition began at the end World War II when area high schools rallied to salute the onset of summer vacation. What country hosts the Scarlet Sails?

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Edward "Ned" Kelly was a bushranger who lived for only 25 years before he was hanged for murder and robbery in 1880. The saying "game as Ned Kelly" is high praise for bravery. Heath Ledger played Kelly in the 2003 feature film named for the surly outlaw, who wore metal armor like a medieval knight. What country considers Ned Kelly a cultural icon?

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Ranked by some experts as the 10th largest religion in the world, Juche is a state-supported philosophical pathway with 19 million followers. The name, Juche, means "spirit of self-reliance." Juche as a way of life promotes the concept that human beings are masters of pretty much everything. What officially atheistic country is home to this controversial religion?

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Now that you’ve taken the quiz and answered every question correctly, you need to realize that a strong grasp on global cultural trivia does not make you a cultural genius. Having a high CQ is all about attitude, clarity, flexibility, adaptability and a knack for perceiving how elaborate arrays of cultural differences influence the connections we make with other people. Having a high CQ is measured by how well we build relationships, partnerships, collaborations and friendships across boundaries that can be both subtle and seemingly insurmountable. Having a high CQ is finding the poise to stop and appreciate that we are all bewilderingly, wonderfully human, after all.

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