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

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

3. In a panel with a lot of action, such as the one on page 95, each figure is arranged sequentially and the audience will read them left to right. This could be argued as fitting the definition of _______.
(a) cartoons
(b) gutters
(c) comics
(d) panels

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What determines the duration of time and dimensions of space in a panel?

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

3. Which artist started the trend to incorporate photographic streaking to depict motion?

4. Which is an example of our ability to extend our identities into inanimate objects?

5. Who first observed that people growing up in the late 20th century wanted roles more than goals?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the three most popular transitions in mainstream Western comics and why?

3. How do people commit closure in electronic media such as a a film?

4. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

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

6. Give examples of the three different types of icons.

7. Describe the author's first impressions of comics as a child.

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

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

10. Why is "juxtaposed static images in deliberate sequence" not a thorough definition of comics?

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