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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who was the woodcut artist known for his silent "Woodcut Novels" of fables?
(a) William Hogarth
(b) Max Ernst
(c) Frans Masereel
(d) Lynd Ward

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) simplified
(c) non-existent
(d) abstract

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

5. Which is an example of our ability to extend our identities into inanimate objects?
(a) All of the above
(b) Utensils
(c) Glass
(d) Crutches

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

7. Which of the following artists uses more transitions than normal?
(a) Spiegelman
(b) Jack Kirby
(c) Osamu Tezuka
(d) G. Hernandez

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

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

10. What is not one of the vertices of the triangular pictorial vocabulary?
(a) Language
(b) Picture Plane
(c) Reality
(d) Map

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

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

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

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

15. Which artist started the trend to incorporate photographic streaking to depict motion?
(a) Gene Colan
(b) Gene Mager
(c) Jack Kirby
(d) Bill Everett

Short Answer Questions

1. This effect of contrasting characters and backgrounds is used by which of the following?

2. Who created "A Harlot's Progress," published in 1731?

3. Which of the following is true?

4. What is a powerful force that happens between the panels that allows viewers to use their imagination?

5. What panel-to-panel transition requires the least amount of closure?

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