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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. How much of a money bag might the Emperor be able to empty before riots would break out?
(a) The entire bag.
(b) Barely one third.
(c) Less than one quarter.
(d) Often not even half.

2. In 1963, what meal did the foreign news correspondents share with the Emperor?
(a) Dinner.
(b) Supper.
(c) Lunch.
(d) Breakfast.

3. How old was the Emperor when he became heir to the throne?
(a) Twenty-two.
(b) Thirty-four.
(c) Twenty-four.
(d) Thirty-one.

4. What did the Emperor weigh in his old age?
(a) 60 kilograms.
(b) 65 kilograms.
(c) 55 kilograms.
(d) 50 kilograms.

5. How long did "G.S.-D" perform the job of placing a pillow under the Emperor's feet?
(a) Twenty-six years.
(b) Twenty years.
(c) Thirty-one years.
(d) Fifteen years.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the previous location of the Imperial Court ?

2. How many times did the Emperor visit a Palace in the Ogaden Desert?

3. In 1963, what did some people steal at a reception for leaders of the independent African nations?

4. How much did it cost to bring a singer to sing for African leaders in 1963?

5. What low official in the Ministry of Information enjoyed access to the Emperor four times a week?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Emperor begin his day?

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

3. What was the background of the "personal people" in the palace, and what type of jobs did they hold?

4. What was the advantage for the Emperor of only receiving verbal reports with nothing written down?

5. What types of positions did the Emperor assign personally?

6. What punishments did the Emperor abolish at the beginning of his reign?

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

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

9. Where did the Imperial court used to be located before Addis Abab became the capital of the Empire?

10. Why did a pillow have to be placed beneath the Emperor's feet when he was sitting on his throne?

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