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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 does McCloud call the "ultimate abstraction?"
(a) Pictographs
(b) Words
(c) Ideas
(d) Movies

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

3. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of comics, as defined in Understanding Comics?
(a) Intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer
(b) Juxtaposed pictorial and other images
(c) Animation
(d) In deliberate sequence

4. What type of magazine kept comics alive before the 20th century?
(a) British caricature
(b) American writing
(c) German cartoon
(d) French art

5. The author believes that comics is an art form similar to which of the following?
(a) Theatre
(b) Written word
(c) All of the above
(d) Music

Short Answer Questions

1. What genre cannot exist in comics?

2. Using the pictorial vocabulary pyramid, Mary Fleener's style is NOT typically comprised of ________.

3. Using the pictorial vocabulary pyramid, Herges' style is typically comprised of __________________.

4. Which of the following is true?

5. Each panel of a comic shows a ______________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe what cartooning style is.

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

7. What are different ways to portray motion within panels?

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

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

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

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