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

2. What symbol does the author use to demonstrate the universality of cartoon imagery?
(a) American flag
(b) Stop sign
(c) Peace sign
(d) Human face

3. Besides sound, which of the following can represent a span of time in a single panel ?
(a) Borderless panels
(b) Silent captions
(c) Motion lines
(d) Wider gutters

4. What transition stays within a scene or idea and requires more closure from the reader in order to find the transition meaningful?
(a) Scene-to-scene
(b) Non-sequitur
(c) Subject-to-subject
(d) Action-to-action

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Within a comic storyline, what is the amount of time that passes from one panel to the next?

2. What new law was created to protect Töpffer's new art form following the successful publication of "A Harlot's Progress" and its sequel?

3. In comics, words represent that which can only exist in time, _______.

4. How long is the screenfold of 8-Deer "Tiger's-Claw" that was discovered by Cortes around 1519?

5. Comic readers are conditioned by real life and other media to expect a _______ progression in comics.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do words introduce time into a single frame?

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

4. How can an artist depict time in comics?

5. What is McCloud's notion of the Picture Plane?

6. Describe what cartooning style is.

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

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

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

10. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

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