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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 icons are fluid and variable in how realistic they are?
(a) Idols
(b) Saints
(c) Non-pictorial
(d) Pictorial

2. What type of magazine kept comics alive before the 20th century?
(a) German cartoon
(b) American writing
(c) British caricature
(d) French art

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

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

5. What was the title of the sequel to "A Harlot's Progress?"
(a) "A King's Progress"
(b) "A Piper's Progress"
(c) "A Rake's Progress"
(d) "A Pauper's Progress"

Short Answer Questions

1. Each panel of a comic shows a ______________________.

2. Closure in comics fosters an intimacy between ________________________.

3. The author likens the representation of Egyptian hieroglyphics to which of the following?

4. What object is painted in "The Treachery of Images?"

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

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

7. How is the Egyptian painting referenced in the book considered a comic?

8. How is the screenfold of 8-Deer "Tiger's Claw" considered a comic?

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

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

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