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While he supported the idea of a strong emperor (probably because of the chaotic state of China at his time), Confucius at the same time argued for limits on the power of rulers. He thought that honesty was of paramount importance. Even in facial expression, truth must always be represented. He emphasized the need to give due respect to superiors. However, the inferior must give advice to his superior if the superior was in the wrong. This idea was followed a century after Confucius's death by his disciple Mencius, who argued that, if the king was not acting like a king, he would lose the Mandate of Heaven and be overthrown. Therefore, tyrannicide is justified, because a tyrant is more a thief than a king. Other Confucian texts recognise the failings of real rulers in maxims such as, "An oppressive government is more feared than a tiger."
1. Confucius liked the idea of a strong emperor becauseA. he believed in honesty in governors.2. Facial expressions should express
B. he was against limits in government.
C. China at that time was chaotic.
D. kings should act like kings.A. truth.3. Tyrannicide means
C. kings acting like kings.
D. what is to be more feared than a tiger.A. a type of suicide.4. "Oppressive government" is a government that
C. a thieving king.
D. murder of a tyrant.A. is worse than a tiger.The information comes from Widipedia. Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.
B. pressures people.
C. presses down on the land.
D. presses people into service.
Answer key: 1-C 2-A 3-D 4-A
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