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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 is the author of the book?
(a) Stan Lee
(b) Will Eisner
(c) Scott McCloud
(d) Rudolphe Töpffer

2. Comics relay on _____ sense(s) to convey a world of experience.
(a) one
(b) six
(c) three
(d) five

3. The author describes comics as a ______, or a medium which "can hold any number of ideas and images."
(a) content
(b) message
(c) vessel
(d) cartoon

4. Panel shapes affect which of the following?
(a) Dimensions
(b) Experience
(c) Meanings
(d) Time

5. Using the example of driving to illustrate non-visual awareness, what is the likely response of the driver of the vehicle being struck if one car hits another?
(a) "His car hit my car!"
(b) "His car hit me!"
(c) "He hit me!"
(d) "He hit my car!"

Short Answer Questions

1. What is an example of comics that is not referred to as comics?

2. What invention had a significant effect on comics?

3. What was the name of Max Ernst's surreal plate sequence?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is a Japanese technique usied in cartooning?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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