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This is a historical fiction story taking the perspective off a Confucian scholar who is being carted off to his death for refusing to destroy the works of Confucius. The scholar recollects the rule of Shih Huang-ti, the good, the bad and the very bad, as he waits for death. The first emperor of China killed untold thousands in building the Great Wall of China and the Terra-cotta spectral army guarding his tomb. Reading is just two pages long.
Argumentative essay prompt and guide included for students to decide using evidence from the reading whether Shih Huang-ti was a great emperor or a monster.