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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In a single image, what can you use to add words without introducing time?
(a) Silent captions
(b) Sound exclamations
(c) Dialogue bubbles
(d) One-word reply

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

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

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

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

7. Each panel of a comic shows a ______________________.
(a) illusion of time and motion
(b) several motions in time
(c) multiple moments in time
(d) single moment in time

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

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

10. 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) Restraining order
(b) Income tax
(c) Copyright
(d) Minimum wage

11. Because artists don't expect audiences to identify with backgrounds such as brick walls or landscapes, backgrounds tend to be more ______ than the story's characters.
(a) simplified
(b) realistic
(c) abstract
(d) non-existent

12. Who is the author of the book?
(a) Will Eisner
(b) Rudolphe Töpffer
(c) Stan Lee
(d) Scott McCloud

13. What transition bypasses time and sets a wandering eye on different aspects of the same place, idea or mood?
(a) Action-to-action
(b) Moment-to-moment
(c) Scene-to-scene
(d) Aspect-to-aspect

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

15. 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) incomplete; whole
(c) whole; fragmented
(d) incomplete; stable

Short Answer Questions

1. Comics relay on _____ sense(s) to convey a world of experience.

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

3. Which is an example of our ability to extend our identities into inanimate objects?

4. What was the name of Max Ernst's surreal plate sequence?

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

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