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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) cartoon
(b) message
(c) vessel
(d) content

2. 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

3. What determines the duration of time and dimensions of space in a panel?
(a) The shape
(b) The size
(c) The sequence
(d) The contents

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

5. Which of the following point in time of the panel is represented by where your eyes are focused?
(a) Past
(b) Present
(c) Depends
(d) Future

6. What does McCloud name the two bastions of cartoon art?
(a) Erotica and drama comics
(b) Superhero and children's comics
(c) Underground and erotica comics
(d) Underground and children's comics

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

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

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

10. Which of the following icons are fluid and variable in how realistic they are?
(a) Non-pictorial
(b) Idols
(c) Pictorial
(d) Saints

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

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

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

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

15. What is a powerful force that happens between the panels that allows viewers to use their imagination?
(a) Participation
(b) Education
(c) Drive
(d) Endurance

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What were innovative characteristics of Rudolphe Töpffer's work?

3. What transition features a single subject in distinct progressions?

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

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

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