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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is true?
(a) Animation is sequential in time; comics are spatially juxtaposed.
(b) Animation is sequential in time; comics are sequential in time.
(c) Animation is spatially juxtaposed; comics are spatially juxtaposed.
(d) Animation is spatially juxtaposed; comics are sequential in time.

2. What is typically the second most common type of transition in the most storytelling technique used in comics?
(a) Moment-to-moment
(b) Subject-to-subject
(c) Scene-to-scene
(d) Action-to-action

3. Which is an example of our ability to extend our identities into inanimate objects?
(a) Crutches
(b) All of the above
(c) Utensils
(d) Glass

4. What new law was created to protect Töpffer's new art form following the successful publication of "A Harlot's Progress" and its sequel?
(a) Income tax
(b) Copyright
(c) Restraining order
(d) Minimum wage

5. Who was the woodcut artist known for his silent "Woodcut Novels" of fables?
(a) William Hogarth
(b) Max Ernst
(c) Frans Masereel
(d) Lynd Ward

6. When does the author begin practicing to be a comics artist?
(a) During his first office job
(b) In tenth grade
(c) Since he could pick up a pencil
(d) After his dog dies

7. Comics relay on _____ sense(s) to convey a world of experience.
(a) one
(b) five
(c) three
(d) six

8. Closure in comics fosters an intimacy between ________________________.
(a) the brand and the distributor
(b) the artist and the publisher
(c) the creator and audience
(d) the reader and the frame

9. The author likens the representation of Egyptian hieroglyphics to which of the following?
(a) Sounds
(b) Words
(c) Numbers
(d) Comics

10. What panel-to-panel transition requires the least amount of closure?
(a) Action-to-action
(b) Non-sequitur
(c) Moment-to-moment
(d) Aspect-to-aspect

11. McCloud notes that we perceive the world as ______ through the experience of our senses, even though our senses can only reveal a _______ world.
(a) incomplete; whole
(b) whole; fragmented
(c) whole; distrustful
(d) incomplete; stable

12. Most Japanese comics first appear published in __________________.
(a) parts
(b) manga magazines
(c) enormous anthology titles
(d) thin publications

13. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of comics, as defined in Understanding Comics?
(a) In deliberate sequence
(b) Animation
(c) Juxtaposed pictorial and other images
(d) Intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer

14. In comics, words represent that which can only exist in time, _______.
(a) sound
(b) action
(c) movement
(d) smell

15. Using the example of driving to illustrate non-visual awareness, what is the likely response of the driver of the vehicle being struck if one car hits another?
(a) "His car hit my car!"
(b) "He hit me!"
(c) "He hit my car!"
(d) "His car hit me!"

Short Answer Questions

1. Due to the negative connotation of the word "comics," many comics artists have preferred to be known as ________________________.

2. Using the pictorial vocabulary pyramid, Mary Fleener's style is NOT typically comprised of ________.

3. Which of the following artists uses more transitions than normal?

4. What is typically the third most common type of transition in the most storytelling technique used in comics?

5. Which country's artists widely adopted photographic trickery such as blurring and streaking soon after its inception?

(see the answer keys)

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