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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. When and where did the author think comics originated?
(a) Has no idea
(b) Egyptian hieroglyphics, 32 centuries ago
(c) Picture manuscript "discovered" by Cortes, around 1519
(d) Tapestry detailing the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066

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

3. What genre cannot exist in comics?
(a) None of the above
(b) Biography
(c) Satire
(d) Epic poetry

4. Who does the author say is the father of modern comics?
(a) Stan Lee
(b) Will Eisner
(c) Rudolphe Töpffer
(d) Scott McCloud

5. Which is an example of our ability to extend our identities into inanimate objects?
(a) Utensils
(b) Glass
(c) All of the above
(d) Crutches

Short Answer Questions

1. Who created "A Harlot's Progress," published in 1731?

2. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of comics, as defined in Understanding Comics?

3. What is not one of the vertices of the triangular pictorial vocabulary?

4. Which of the following is an assumption that comics artists make about the reader?

5. The author believes that comics is an art form similar to which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

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

3. What is a Japanese technique usied in cartooning?

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

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

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

7. Describe what cartooning style is.

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

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

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

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