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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which artist started the trend to incorporate photographic streaking to depict motion?
(a) Bill Everett
(b) Jack Kirby
(c) Gene Mager
(d) Gene Colan

3. Who does the author say is the father of modern comics?
(a) Rudolphe Töpffer
(b) Will Eisner
(c) Stan Lee
(d) Scott McCloud

4. How does McCloud loosely define cartooning?
(a) A form of amplification through complication
(b) A form of amplification through simplification
(c) A form of compression through simplification
(d) A form of compression through complication

5. This effect of contrasting characters and backgrounds is used by which of the following?
(a) All of the following
(b) Jacques Tardi
(c) Disney
(d) Tintin

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

7. The author believes that comics is an art form similar to which of the following?
(a) Theatre
(b) Written word
(c) Music
(d) All of the above

8. Which country's artists widely adopted photographic trickery such as blurring and streaking soon after its inception?
(a) Japan
(b) England
(c) America
(d) France

9. What techniques can be used to create timelessness?
(a) Bleeding a panel
(b) Silent panel with no clues as to duration
(c) A borderless panel
(d) All of the above

10. Who is the 44th comic artist listed in the triangle?
(a) Lynda Barry
(b) Gilbert Hernandez
(c) Craig Russell
(d) Mary Fleener

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) whole; distrustful
(b) whole; fragmented
(c) incomplete; stable
(d) incomplete; whole

12. Which of the following can lengthen the pause between panels?
(a) The content of the panels
(b) The number of panels
(c) All of the above
(d) The space between panels

13. 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 have read previous stories in the series.
(d) They read the panels in correct order.

14. What symbol does the author use to demonstrate the universality of cartoon imagery?
(a) American flag
(b) Peace sign
(c) Human face
(d) Stop sign

15. Which comic artist introduced the storytelling techniques used in most mainstream comics?
(a) Stan Lee
(b) Jack Kirby
(c) Charles Schultz
(d) Mary Fleener

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the title of the sequel to "A Harlot's Progress?"

2. What is another word for motion lines?

3. Besides sound, which of the following can represent a span of time in a single panel ?

4. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of comics, as defined in Understanding Comics?

5. What type of magazine kept comics alive before the 20th century?

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