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. How did Hollis first find out about costumed heroes?

2. What was unusual about Dollar Bill's death?

3. In what year did Hollis read about costumed heroes?

4. What important thing does President Nixon ask Jon to do?

5. How does Jon account for his reappearance?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What prompts Laurie to walk out on Jon and go to Dan's place?

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

6. What is the result of Rorschach's visit to Moloch?

7. Even with Dr Manhattan as a vital asset, the United States is still vulnerable. Why is that?

8. How does Chapter 1 conclude?

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

10. Why is it that Dr Manhattan is unavailable to help his country in the crisis it is facing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Using events in the novel, write an obituary for Rorscarch. Model your style on the obits section of, say, The New York Times.

Be sure to use the correct level of language. Cover his early life, his exploits and his beliefs.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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