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

2. What was the title of the sequel to "A Harlot's Progress?"
(a) "A Rake's Progress"
(b) "A Pauper's Progress"
(c) "A Piper's Progress"
(d) "A King's Progress"

3. In comics, words represent that which can only exist in time, _______.
(a) sound
(b) movement
(c) smell
(d) action

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

5. Widening the shape of a panel can affect the _______ of time.
(a) perception
(b) romanticization
(c) characterization
(d) depiction

Short Answer Questions

1. Due to the negative connotation of the word "comics," many comics artists have preferred to be known as ________________________.

2. What techniques can be used to create timelessness?

3. Who does the author say is the father of modern comics?

4. What is the most common type of transition in the most storytelling technique used in comics?

5. In a single image, what can you use to add words without introducing time?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to McCloud, why is closure important?

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

4. In the panel with the basketball players, how could you add words while depicting one single moment?

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

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

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

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

9. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

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