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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. How does McCloud loosely define cartooning?
(a) A form of amplification through complication
(b) A form of compression through simplification
(c) A form of amplification through simplification
(d) A form of compression through complication

2. 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) comics
(b) gutters
(c) panels
(d) cartoons

3. What object is painted in "The Treachery of Images?"
(a) A pipe
(b) A drum
(c) A flute
(d) A spoon

4. Which of the following is true?
(a) Animation is spatially juxtaposed; comics are sequential in time.
(b) Animation is sequential in time; comics are sequential in time.
(c) Animation is spatially juxtaposed; comics are spatially juxtaposed.
(d) Animation is sequential in time; comics are spatially juxtaposed.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of the book?

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

3. Which artist was the first to depict motion by using a single line?

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

5. Herge's Tintin was characterized by very iconic characters with unusually realistic backgrounds. This style is called _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is a Japanese technique usied in cartooning?

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

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

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

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