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 is Janey Slater?

2. Who carried a sign announcing that the world would end soon?

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

4. How does Jon account for his reappearance?

5. Why is this autobiography important?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem with Jon and time?

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

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

4. Can any plot significance be attached to this section of the novel?

5. In which state was Hollis Mason born?

6. What was the situation for costumed heroes after the 1950s?

7. Who is Dr Manhattan?

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

9. In Jon's story, what is the significance of Janey Slater?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character do you believe is most important in the novel? Justify your choice by referring closely to the text. What are this character's beliefs and attitudes and in what ways does he (or she) affect the story? Do you like the character and do you agree with the choices this person makes?

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

Discuss the use of symbolism in the novel. Give special attention to the symbols you find most powerful. Write in detail on at least three symbols, for example, Nostalgia perfume, the smiley button.

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