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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Comics relay on _____ sense(s) to convey a world of experience.
(a) six
(b) three
(c) five
(d) one

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

7. What object is painted in "The Treachery of Images?"
(a) A flute
(b) A spoon
(c) A pipe
(d) A drum

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

9. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of comics, as defined in Understanding Comics?
(a) Animation
(b) In deliberate sequence
(c) Juxtaposed pictorial and other images
(d) Intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer

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

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

12. What is an example of comics that is not referred to as comics?
(a) Diagrams
(b) Hieroglyphics
(c) Live-action movies
(d) Single-panel cartoons

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

14. Who first observed that people growing up in the late 20th century wanted roles more than goals?
(a) Dave McKean
(b) McLuhan
(c) Stan Lee
(d) Sergio Argonnes

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the woodcut artist known for his silent "Woodcut Novels" of fables?

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

3. Using the pictorial vocabulary pyramid, Herges' style is typically comprised of __________________.

4. What is the phenomenon of observing the parts but perceiving the whole?

5. The author describes comics as a ______, or a medium which "can hold any number of ideas and images."

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