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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What transition offers no logical relationship between panels?
(a) Scene-to-scene
(b) Subject-to-subject
(c) Action-to-action
(d) Non-sequitur

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How long is the tapestry detailing the Norman Conquest of England?

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

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

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

5. Which of the following is an assumption that comics artists make about the reader?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does McCloud think that non-sequitur transitions are possible?

2. According to McCloud, everything that people experience in life can be separated into which two realms?

3. Is there a difference between an animated movie and comics?

4. Describe what cartooning style is.

5. What is McCloud's explanation for why the human mind has little difficulty converting shapes and images into faces?

6. For what do Japanese mainstream comics use aspect-to-aspect transitions?

7. According to McCloud, why is closure important?

8. What are different ways to portray motion within panels?

9. How do Japanese comics physically differ from Western comics?

10. What is the difference between closure of electronic media and closure in comics?

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