Watchmen Novel Quiz : An Alan Moore Masterpiece

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Watchmen Novel Quiz : An Alan Moore Masterpiece - Quiz

This quiz contains 20 questions. 14 are multiple choice, 4 are true or false, and 2 are critical questions. The quiz is based off of Alan Moore's critically-acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen that we read and discussed in class. The main purpose of this quiz is to recognize key plot points of the grapic novel as well as identify overall key themes.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    To be immoral is to engage in conduct that does not obey or conform to societal ethics or rules. To be amoral to engage in conduct that is indifferent to soceital ethics or rules.  To be moral  is to engage in conduct that is concerned with the principles of right and wrong of societal ethics or rules.  Taking these definitions to the extreme, list the following characters in this order: Moral, amoral, and immoral.

    • A.

      Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl

    • B.

      Rorschach, Dr. Manhatten, Comedian

    • C.

      Silk Spectre, Rorscach, Nite Owl

    • D.

      Ozymandias, Rorschach, Comedian

    Correct Answer
    B. Rorschach, Dr. Manhatten, Comedian
    Explanation
    The correct order is Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, and Comedian. Rorschach is moral because he strongly adheres to his own personal code of ethics, even if it means going against societal norms. Dr. Manhattan is amoral because he possesses a detached and indifferent perspective towards human morality and ethics. Comedian is immoral because he engages in conduct that goes against societal ethics and rules, such as violence and manipulation.

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  • 2. 

    The Doomsday Clock represents what underlying tension throughout the book?

    • A.

      A meteor strike on North America

    • B.

      The invasion of an alien monster

    • C.

      Dr. Manhattan’s departure into space

    • D.

      Nuclear War

    Correct Answer
    D. Nuclear War
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Nuclear War. The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic representation of how close humanity is to a global catastrophe, specifically nuclear war. Throughout the book, this underlying tension of the possibility of nuclear war looms over the characters and drives the narrative.

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  • 3. 

    What is the best explanation for why Rorschach chose his mask?

    • A.

      The moving and mixing is constant. It is dizzying and confuses foes

    • B.

      The moving and mixing is constant but never mix into gray, like his morals.

    • C.

      The moving and mixing resembles his style of blending in and out of a situation.

    • D.

      The moving and mixing can be interpreted in a million ways. They compromise, like his morals.

    Correct Answer
    B. The moving and mixing is constant but never mix into gray, like his morals.
    Explanation
    The answer suggests that Rorschach chose his mask because it represents his morals. The moving and mixing of the mask is constant, but it never blends into gray, which symbolizes that Rorschach's morals are black and white, uncompromising, and unwavering. The mask reflects his belief in absolute justice and his refusal to compromise or see things in shades of gray.

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  • 4. 

    Character Connections.  Which character’s behavior caused Ozymandias to feel the need to take more drastic measures to solve crime?

    • A.

      Rorschach

    • B.

      The Comedian

    • C.

      Dr. Manhatten

    • D.

      Adrian Veidt

    Correct Answer
    B. The Comedian
    Explanation
    The Comedian's behavior caused Ozymandias to feel the need to take more drastic measures to solve crime. This implies that The Comedian's actions were particularly extreme or problematic, leading Ozymandias to believe that conventional methods were not sufficient. This suggests that The Comedian's behavior may have been a catalyst for Ozymandias' decision to take more drastic measures.

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  • 5. 

    Character Connections. Which character’s behavior caused Dr. Manhattan to recognize his growing amorality towards the human race?

    • A.

      Ozynandias

    • B.

      Rorscach

    • C.

      The Comedian

    • D.

      Moloch

    Correct Answer
    C. The Comedian
    Explanation
    The Comedian's behavior caused Dr. Manhattan to recognize his growing amorality towards the human race.

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  • 6. 

      Character Connections. Which character’s behavior caused The Comedian to have a nervous breakdown?

    • A.

      Rorschach

    • B.

      Nite Owl

    • C.

      Adrian Veidt

    • D.

      Dr. Manhatten

    Correct Answer
    C. Adrian Veidt
    Explanation
    Adrian Veidt's behavior caused The Comedian to have a nervous breakdown.

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  • 7. 

    Character Connections. Who caused Dr. Manhattan to abandon Earth and who caused his decision to never return?

    • A.

      Ozymandais frames him; Laurie leaves him

    • B.

      Rorschach argues with him; The Comedian acuses him of apathy

    • C.

      Janey Slater dies of cancer; Moloch proves Dr.Manhattan made Janey sick

    • D.

      Laurie leaves him; Nite Owl sleeps with Laurie

    Correct Answer
    A. Ozymandais frames him; Laurie leaves him
    Explanation
    Dr. Manhattan was caused to abandon Earth by Ozymandias framing him, making it appear as though he caused a catastrophic event. This led to his decision to never return. Additionally, Laurie, his former lover, left him, which further contributed to his choice to stay away from Earth.

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  • 8. 

    Why is Laurie’s revelation of paternity great enough to convince Dr. Manhattan to return to Earth?

    • A.

      He feels sorry for her and decides to help

    • B.

      She breaks his glass castle

    • C.

      He realizes Laurie's existence and the existence of all life is a miracle

    • D.

      She agrees to take him back and work on their relationship

    Correct Answer
    C. He realizes Laurie's existence and the existence of all life is a miracle
    Explanation
    Dr. Manhattan is convinced to return to Earth because Laurie's revelation of paternity makes him realize that her existence and the existence of all life is a miracle. This suggests that he values the significance and preciousness of life, which motivates him to come back and potentially protect it.

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  • 9. 

    The smiley face symbol is to the Comedian as the clock symbol is to which character?

    • A.

      Ozymandias

    • B.

      Dr.Manhattan

    • C.

      Moloch

    • D.

      Silk Spectre

    Correct Answer
    B. Dr.Manhattan
    Explanation
    The smiley face symbol represents the Comedian, who is known for his comedic nature. Similarly, the clock symbol represents Dr. Manhattan, as he is associated with time and has the ability to manipulate it. Both symbols serve as visual representations of the characters they are associated with.

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  • 10. 

    Dr. Manhattan’s nuclear-transformed body caused cancer in some people he knew.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Dr. Manhattan's nuclear-transformed body did not cause cancer in some people he knew. This statement contradicts the events in the story of Dr. Manhattan, where his transformation did not have any negative effects on the health of the people around him.

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  • 11. 

    The Comedian’s nihilistic worldview is recognized and respected by Dr. Manhattan, Rorschach, and Ozymandais.  Note: Nihilism  argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement is true. The Comedian's nihilistic worldview, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value, is recognized and respected by Dr. Manhattan, Rorschach, and Ozymandias. This suggests that these characters either share similar beliefs or appreciate the Comedian's perspective on life.

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  • 12. 

    After Veidt follows through with his plan, he is still 100% sure it was the right thing to do.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Veidt asks Dr. Manhattan "I did the right thing, didn't I? It all worked out in the end."

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  • 13. 

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?  roughly translates to “Who do the Watchmen watch?”

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It translates to "Who watches the Watchmen?"

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  • 14. 

    Critical Questions. Regardless of length, give a complete answer to the following questions. Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias) did what he thought would bring peace to the human race, which was on the edge of annihilation by nuclear disaster. He killed millions of people to save billions of people. Though he may be viewed as the protagonist of the novel, is he a villain? 

  • 15. 

    Critical Questions. Regardless of length, give a complete answer to the following questions.Rorschach’s journal states that “Ozymandias is behind it all”. Considering Rorschach’s reputation as an unreliable source and a wanted outlaw, would Rorschach’s journal hold enough merit to undo Veidt’s actions?  

  • 16. 

    The main characters are five radical views of the world. For questions 16-19 Match each character with their corresponding worldview. __________ believes humans are savage in nature and that true civilization can never be more than an idea. A mocker of society, he/she kills without reservation.

    • A.

      The Comedian

    • B.

      Rorscach

    • C.

      Ozymandias

    • D.

      Dr.Manhattan

    Correct Answer
    A. The Comedian
    Explanation
    The Comedian believes humans are savage in nature and that true civilization can never be more than an idea. He mocks society and is willing to kill without reservation.

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  • 17. 

    __________ believes in the utilitarian view that the sacrifice of a few is best for the greater good of the whole. 

    • A.

      Rorschach

    • B.

      Ozymandias

    • C.

      Dr.Manhattan

    • D.

      Nite Owl

    Correct Answer
    B. Ozymandias
    Explanation
    Ozymandias is the correct answer because he is known for his belief in the utilitarian view that sacrificing a few individuals is necessary for the greater good of society as a whole. This can be seen in his plan to create a fake alien attack, resulting in the deaths of millions, in order to unite the world and prevent nuclear war. Ozymandias believes that this sacrifice is justified in order to bring about long-term peace and stability.

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  • 18. 

    __________ believes that evil and injustice must be punished at all costs, no matter the situation.

    • A.

      Dr. Manhatten

    • B.

      The Comdedian

    • C.

      Viedt

    • D.

      Rorschach

    Correct Answer
    D. Rorschach
    Explanation
    Rorschach believes that evil and injustice must be punished at all costs, no matter the situation. This is evident in his unwavering commitment to his own moral code, which he follows without compromise. He sees the world in black and white, with no room for gray areas or exceptions. Rorschach's uncompromising stance on justice makes him the most likely candidate to hold this belief among the given options.

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  • 19. 

    _________ believes that life is messy, complicated and hard but priceless. People should “love” and “live” because they can. They are alive and must cherish that fact. 

    • A.

      Silk Spectre 2 (Laurie)

    • B.

      Dr.Manhattan

    • C.

      Nite Owl 1 (Hollis Mason)

    • D.

      Ozymandias

    Correct Answer
    A. Silk Spectre 2 (Laurie)
    Explanation
    Silk Spectre 2 (Laurie) believes that life is messy, complicated, and hard but priceless. She emphasizes the importance of loving and living because people have the opportunity to do so. Being alive is a precious gift that should be cherished.

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  • 20. 

    Due to the content and themes of the story, Watchmen is best descriebed as which type of setting?

    • A.

      Dystopian

    • B.

      Utopian

    Correct Answer
    A. Dystopian
    Explanation
    Watchmen is best described as a dystopian setting because the story takes place in a world where superheroes are outlawed and society is filled with corruption, violence, and moral ambiguity. The setting is characterized by a bleak and oppressive atmosphere, where the line between good and evil is blurred, and the government is authoritarian. This aligns with the characteristics of a dystopian setting, where there is a negative and oppressive social, political, and environmental landscape.

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