1. What were the main arguments for the scholars being best suited to act as government officials? For the aristocrats? For foreigners?
2. How did you feel about the Emperor’s decision?
3. Which group do you think should be eligible for government positions? Why?
4. Under what circumstances do you think it is wise for a ruler to choose foreigners to help him rule? The aristocrats? Scholars?
5. Why was it unrealistic for the Emperor to choose only one group?