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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 techniques can be used to create timelessness?
(a) All of the above
(b) Silent panel with no clues as to duration
(c) Bleeding a panel
(d) A borderless panel

2. What transition stays within a scene or idea and requires more closure from the reader in order to find the transition meaningful?
(a) Action-to-action
(b) Scene-to-scene
(c) Non-sequitur
(d) Subject-to-subject

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

4. This effect of contrasting characters and backgrounds is used by which of the following?
(a) Disney
(b) All of the following
(c) Tintin
(d) Jacques Tardi

5. Which of the following icons has a fixed and absolute meaning?
(a) Pictorial
(b) Non-pictorial
(c) Idols
(d) Saints

Short Answer Questions

1. Which pair of words does not relate to each other, in terms of comic style?

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

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

4. How long is the tapestry detailing the Norman Conquest of England?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is a Japanese technique usied in cartooning?

3. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

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

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

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

8. According to McCloud, why is closure important?

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

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

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