Watchmen Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 was unusual about Dollar Bill's death?

2. What motivates the protagonist in the Black Freighter comic books?

3. Which newspaper interviews Janey Slater?

4. How many artists were involved in illustrating the comic?

5. Of what did Hooded Justice remind Hollis?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about "The Watchmaker"?

2. How does Chapter 1 conclude?

3. Do you think that Hooded Justice was right not to testify to the House UnAmerican Activities Commission?

4. In what way is this extract from Hollis' autobiography important in the novel?

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

6. Account for the trouble at the TV studios during Dr Manhattan's interview.

7. To what extent was America victorious in the Vietnam War?

8. What is the main idea of the article presented here?

9. What was the outcome for the other costumed heroes after their appearances before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a thoughtful essay in which you discuss the relative power of the major characters in the novel. Who are the most powerful? In what ways do they exercise their power? In what way or ways would you characterize their power? How do they use power in their personal relationships and in the wider world?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the morality of Jon (Dr Manhattan) and Walter (Rorschach). You will need to describe each character's morality, providing evidence from the text. You will then need to evaluate each and comment on the way each character's moral outlook has influenced their behavior as well as the outcome for the world.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the role of minor characters in the novel. Choose two minor characters and evaluate his or her role in the novel. What is the characters' influence/affect on other characters? On the working out of the story? On the reader--i.e., you?

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