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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How long is the tapestry detailing the Norman Conquest of England?
(a) 36 meters
(b) 12 yards
(c) 100 feet
(d) 230 feet

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

4. The art of comics is as _______ as it is ________.
(a) subtractive; additive
(b) meaningless; abstract
(c) humorous; generous
(d) divisive; multiplicative

5. Who observed that a non-visual awareness occurs when people interact with inanimate objects?
(a) Jack Kirby
(b) Marshall McLuhan
(c) Osamu Tezuka
(d) Herge

6. Comic readers are conditioned by real life and other media to expect a _______ progression in comics.
(a) indirect
(b) linear
(c) logarithmic
(d) exponential

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

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

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

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

11. Which of the following is an assumption that comics artists make about the reader?
(a) They have read previous stories in the series.
(b) They read the comics in one sitting.
(c) They read the panels in correct order.
(d) They will like the story.

12. What was the title of the sequel to "A Harlot's Progress?"
(a) "A Pauper's Progress"
(b) "A King's Progress"
(c) "A Rake's Progress"
(d) "A Piper's Progress"

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

14. Who was the first artist to present specific motions in a panel-to-panel form?
(a) Tezuka
(b) Topffer
(c) Herge
(d) Duchamp

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What transition stays within a scene or idea and requires more closure from the reader in order to find the transition meaningful?

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

3. Visual iconography is to vocabulary as closure is to _______________.

4. Which of the following artists uses more transitions than normal?

5. When McCloud refers to the word icon, to what is he referring?

(see the answer keys)

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