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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The author describes comics as a ______, or a medium which "can hold any number of ideas and images."
(a) content
(b) cartoon
(c) message
(d) vessel

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

3. 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

4. What was the name of Max Ernst's surreal plate sequence?
(a) Collage Novel
(b) Woodcut Novels
(c) Graphic Novel
(d) Carved Novel

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

6. Which of the following is NOT an American comic artist that uses the style of creating one set of lines to see and another to be?
(a) Carl Barks
(b) Jaime Hernandez
(c) Dave Sim and Derhard
(d) Tom King

7. What is the space between comic panels called?
(a) The frame
(b) The gutter
(c) The ditch
(d) The jump

8. 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 my car!"
(c) "He hit me!"
(d) "His car hit me!"

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

10. Which of the following icons has a fixed and absolute meaning?
(a) Non-pictorial
(b) Saints
(c) Pictorial
(d) Idols

11. What transition features a single subject in distinct progressions?
(a) Subject-to-subject
(b) Aspect-to-aspect
(c) Moment-to-moment
(d) Action-to-action

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

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

14. Due to the negative connotation of the word "comics," many comics artists have preferred to be known as ________________________.
(a) All of the above
(b) Cartoonists
(c) Commercial artists
(d) Illustrators

15. 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) abstract
(b) simplified
(c) realistic
(d) non-existent

Short Answer Questions

1. When does the author begin practicing to be a comics artist?

2. Which of the following is true?

3. When and where did the author think comics originated?

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

5. What additional early examples of comics does the author mention but NOT cover?

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