The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Ryszard Kapuściński
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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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