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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 did Hollis do at age 23?

2. Hollis became which costumed hero?

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

4. What was Jon's father's trade?

5. How was Edward Morgan Blake murdered?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Dan Dreiberg, what do scientists lack?

2. Why is Detective Fine now convinced that Dan is a costumed hero?

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

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

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

6. Comment on the importance of this chapter for the novel as a whole.

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

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

9. What is the political stance of the New Frontiersman?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Is this a novel that elicits in the reader feelings of empathy for the characters? In other words, do we actually care what happens to them? Choose a character you feel arouses empathy in the reader/responder. Show how Moore creates that empathy. To what extent is the artwork a contributing factor?

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

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?

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