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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. Due to the negative connotation of the word "comics," many comics artists have preferred to be known as ________________________.
(a) Commercial artists
(b) All of the above
(c) Illustrators
(d) Cartoonists

2. Japanese comics artists also drew more realistic characters to emphasize __________________________.
(a) the strokes
(b) the artist's range and skill
(c) their "otherness" from the reader
(d) the character's relatability

3. What is another word for motion lines?
(a) Swoosh signs
(b) Zip-ribbons
(c) Zip-buttons
(d) Curlicues

4. What were innovative characteristics of Rudolphe Töpffer's work?
(a) Panel borders
(b) Cartooning
(c) Interdependent combination of words and pictures
(d) All of the above

5. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of comics, as defined in Understanding Comics?
(a) In deliberate sequence
(b) Animation
(c) Intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer
(d) Juxtaposed pictorial and other images

Short Answer Questions

1. How does McCloud loosely define cartooning?

2. Which comic artist introduced the storytelling techniques used in most mainstream comics?

3. Which of the following can lengthen the pause between panels?

4. Comics relay on _____ sense(s) to convey a world of experience.

5. Which of the following artists uses more transitions than normal?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

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

5. According to McCloud, why is closure important?

6. What are different ways to portray motion within panels?

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

8. What is the difference between closure of electronic media and closure in comics?

9. Does McCloud think single panels should be considered comic art?

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

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