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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What position would the Emperor assume when hearing the cases and pronouncing verdicts?
(a) Sitting on a specially designed chair.
(b) Standing on a platform.
(c) Reclining on a half chair.
(d) Sitting on a throne.

2. What did the Emperor do between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.?
(a) Go for another walk.
(b) Have a light snack.
(c) Listen to reports.
(d) Hand out assignments.

3. In what hotel did Kapuscinski meet Teferra soon after the Emperor was deposed?
(a) Hotel Ras.
(b) Hotel Asela.
(c) Hotel Harar.
(d) Hotel Gambela.

4. Who published the Emperor's autobiography?
(a) New Century Press.
(b) Crown.
(c) Ullendorff.
(d) Prometheus Books.

5. What were flown in for the reception held in 1963 for the leaders of the independent African nations?
(a) Wine and caviar.
(b) Escargot.
(c) Champagne.
(d) Exotic flowers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the Emperor wear to dispense justice?

2. According to "Y.M.", who was the Emperor's only teacher?

3. A low official in the Ministry of Information enjoyed access to the Emperor 4 times a week. How many times did his boss have access to the Emperor?

4. What was the name of the Minister of the Pen who was demoted?

5. Where was the Minister of the Pen sent after his demotion?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Emperor begin his day?

2. What were the most tiring searches during the fetasha?

3. What happened to get Prince Imru exiled for 20 years?

4. How did Haile Selassie dispense judgment?

5. How could subjects hand petitions to the Emperor?

6. Why would the ministers stay around the Palace all morning rather than being in their offices?

7. How would the Emperor attempt to give money to the masses?

8. How did the Emperor's visits to the provinces drain the treasury?

9. Why was it an art for a footman to open and close doors for the Emperor?

10. Describe the reception the Emperor had for African leaders in 1963.

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