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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What important advantage do costumed heroes have?

2. In what part of town does Jacobi live?

3. How does Veidt survive the assassination attempt?

4. What name was given to the group of costumed heroes?

5. What was the result of Mothman's appearance before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Jon's story, what is the significance of Janey Slater?

2. What is Laurence Shexnayder's interest in Sally?

3. In what ways is Dr Manhattan an asset to the United States?

4. What was unusual about the case of Night Owl?

5. What was the cause of the murder/suicide investigated by Detectives Fine and Bourquin?

6. How does Laurie react to her mother's story?

7. What problems are being dealt with by President Richard Nixon

8. There is a great deal of irony in this chapter. Comment on irony relating to the character of Dr Long.

9. What is the topic of conversation between the two detectives as they leave the scene of the murder?

10. Why was the Keene Act passed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Review Rorschach's role in the novel. What does he represent? Is his death inevitable? What does his death represent?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on characterization. What is meant by "flat" and "rounded" characters? Is the difference important? Discuss the characterization in Watchmen. Focus on two characters in particular.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the world of Watchmen. How different is it from the real American society of today? Compare the ways in which it is different from America today and comment on any features that are similar. Focus on events, moral/ethical values, the international scene. What, if anything, do you think is being conveyed to the reader/responder by the composers of Watchmen Comment on story and art?

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