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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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

2. Which of the following artists uses more transitions than normal?
(a) G. Hernandez
(b) Spiegelman
(c) Osamu Tezuka
(d) Jack Kirby

3. Herge's Tintin was characterized by very iconic characters with unusually realistic backgrounds. This style is called _______.
(a) inked
(b) paneled
(c) clear-line
(d) bold-brushed

4. Pictures are ______ information. Writing is _______ information.
(a) received; perceived
(b) perceived; perceived
(c) perceived; received
(d) received; received

5. What genre cannot exist in comics?
(a) Epic poetry
(b) None of the above
(c) Satire
(d) Biography

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

7. Visual iconography is to vocabulary as closure is to _______________.
(a) grammar
(b) capitalization
(c) speech
(d) punctuation

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

9. What is another word for motion lines?
(a) Swoosh signs
(b) Zip-ribbons
(c) Curlicues
(d) Zip-buttons

10. Using the pictorial vocabulary pyramid, Herges' style is typically comprised of __________________.
(a) icon and reality
(b) icon and language
(c) meaning and icon
(d) reality and language

11. Which of the following is an assumption that comics artists make about the reader?
(a) They will like the story.
(b) They read the comics in one sitting.
(c) They read the panels in correct order.
(d) They have read previous stories in the series.

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

13. Which artist was the first to depict motion by using a single line?
(a) Duchamp
(b) Herge
(c) Tezuka
(d) Topffer

14. Besides sound, which of the following can represent a span of time in a single panel ?
(a) Motion lines
(b) Silent captions
(c) Wider gutters
(d) Borderless panels

15. What were innovative characteristics of Rudolphe Töpffer's work?
(a) Cartooning
(b) All of the above
(c) Panel borders
(d) Interdependent combination of words and pictures

Short Answer Questions

1. When reading comics, how many senses are used between panels?

2. What transition requires deductive reasoning and transports the reader across significant distances of time and space?

3. In a single image, what can you use to add words without introducing time?

4. Who created "A Harlot's Progress," published in 1731?

5. What transition stays within a scene or idea and requires more closure from the reader in order to find the transition meaningful?

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