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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. What new law was created to protect Töpffer's new art form following the successful publication of "A Harlot's Progress" and its sequel?
(a) Minimum wage
(b) Income tax
(c) Restraining order
(d) Copyright

2. What panel-to-panel transition requires the least amount of closure?
(a) Aspect-to-aspect
(b) Non-sequitur
(c) Moment-to-moment
(d) Action-to-action

3. Who is the 44th comic artist listed in the triangle?
(a) Lynda Barry
(b) Craig Russell
(c) Mary Fleener
(d) Gilbert Hernandez

4. What is not one of the vertices of the triangular pictorial vocabulary?
(a) Picture Plane
(b) Language
(c) Reality
(d) Map

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Closure in comics fosters an intimacy between ________________________.

3. McCloud notes that we perceive the world as ______ through the experience of our senses, even though our senses can only reveal a _______ world.

4. When McCloud refers to the word icon, to what is he referring?

5. What determines the duration of time and dimensions of space in a panel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is McCloud's notion of the Picture Plane?

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

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

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

7. According to McCloud, why is closure important?

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

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

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

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