Essay Topic 1
Discuss why it was dangerous for Kapuscinski to conduct interviews about the Empire.
Essay Topic 2
Explain why the Emperor always relied on verbal reports and never personally put anything in writing.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the process that the peasants had to use to petition the Emperor for justice. Use examples from the book.
Essay Topic 4
Compare and contrast life for the Emperor, ministers, and dignitaries to the life that the peasants lived.
Essay Topic 5
Discuss Kapuscinski's relationship with Teferra and why Teferra was willing to assist Kapuscinski with his interviews.
Essay Topic 6
Using examples from the book, discuss how the Emperor created his persona.
Essay Topic 7
Compare and contrast the life of an official when he was in favor with the Emperor and his life if he fell out of favor with the Emperor.
Essay Topic 8
Discuss how the Emperor played factions against each other in...
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