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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. Which of the following artists uses more transitions than normal?
(a) Jack Kirby
(b) G. Hernandez
(c) Osamu Tezuka
(d) Spiegelman

2. What transition offers no logical relationship between panels?
(a) Action-to-action
(b) Scene-to-scene
(c) Subject-to-subject
(d) Non-sequitur

3. In a panel with a lot of action, such as the one on page 95, each figure is arranged sequentially and the audience will read them left to right. This could be argued as fitting the definition of _______.
(a) comics
(b) gutters
(c) cartoons
(d) panels

4. What is a powerful force that happens between the panels that allows viewers to use their imagination?
(a) Participation
(b) Drive
(c) Education
(d) Endurance

5. Using the example of driving to illustrate non-visual awareness, what is the likely response of the driver of the vehicle being struck if one car hits another?
(a) "His car hit my car!"
(b) "He hit my car!"
(c) "He hit me!"
(d) "His car hit me!"

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Comic readers are conditioned by real life and other media to expect a _______ progression in comics.

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

4. In comics, words represent that which can only exist in time, _______.

5. What was the name of Max Ernst's surreal plate sequence?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How could an artist lengthen a pause in the conversation between two characters?

4. What is a Japanese technique usied in cartooning?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

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