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. Why doesn't Jon recall his life in chronological order?

2. In what way is Hollis' autobiography important?

3. What was the focus of the riots Dan helped to suppress?

4. What do the detectives talk about as they leave the apartment?

5. How does Rorschach get into the apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the purpose of Captain Metropolis' meeting?

2. What is the basis for the statement "God exists and he's American"?

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

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

5. How does Chapter 1 conclude?

6. Is there anything ironic about the interview between Dr Long and Rorschach?

7. What is the problem with Jon and time?

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

9. What happens when Rorschach gets into Blake's apartment?

10. In which state was Hollis Mason born?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the character Dan Dreiberg in Watchmen. What sort of person is he? Comment on his relationships. How crucial is he to the story? Is he a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the role of minor characters in Watchmen. Who are they and what do they show us about other characters? Do they advance the story? Are they necessary? Can you imagine the novel without these characters?

Essay Topic 3

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

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