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

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

3. Who painted "The Treachery of Images?"
(a) Jack Kirby
(b) Kurtzman
(c) Sergio Aragones
(d) Magritte

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

5. Pictures are ______ information. Writing is _______ information.
(a) perceived; received
(b) received; received
(c) perceived; perceived
(d) received; perceived

Short Answer Questions

1. Most Japanese comics first appear published in __________________.

2. What invention had a significant effect on comics?

3. "To kill a man between panels is to condemn him to ___________."

4. McCloud notes that we perceive the world as ______ through the experience of our senses, even though our senses can only reveal a _______ world.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author introduce the Margritte painting, "The Treachery of Images"?

3. According to McCloud, are comics a hybrid of graphic arts and prose fiction?

4. Does McCloud think single panels should be considered comic art?

5. Is a single image equivalent to a single instant in time?

6. What is the difference between the art form ("medium") and the content?

7. How are faces and figures typically drawn in comics? What about backgrounds and landscapes?

8. In the panel with the basketball players, how could you add words while depicting one single moment?

9. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

10. How could an artist lengthen a pause in the conversation between two characters?

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