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. Who was the first-ever real-life costumed hero?

2. What do these pages describe?

3. Bernard's news-stand is in front of . . . ?

4. Which nation might use nuclear weapons against America?

5. In Arizona, Dr Manhattan retrieves something of value to him. What is this?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happened to Dollar Bill?

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

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

8. In which state was Hollis Mason born?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Power, with its corruptive effect, is an important theme in this graphic novel. Write a personal essay called "The misuse of power." You should refer closely to the events of Watchmen to support your point of view. You could compare Watchmen events with some taking place in the modern world (i.e., our real world).

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