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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) Restraining order
(b) Minimum wage
(c) Income tax
(d) Copyright

2. Each panel of a comic shows a ______________________.
(a) illusion of time and motion
(b) multiple moments in time
(c) single moment in time
(d) several motions in time

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

4. What was the name of Max Ernst's surreal plate sequence?
(a) Woodcut Novels
(b) Carved Novel
(c) Collage Novel
(d) Graphic Novel

5. Which country's artists widely adopted photographic trickery such as blurring and streaking soon after its inception?
(a) Japan
(b) England
(c) France
(d) America

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following icons are fluid and variable in how realistic they are?

2. The author likens the representation of Egyptian hieroglyphics to which of the following?

3. What invention had a significant effect on comics?

4. Japanese comics artists also drew more realistic characters to emphasize __________________________.

5. This effect of contrasting characters and backgrounds is used by which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. For what do Japanese mainstream comics use aspect-to-aspect transitions?

4. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How do Japanese comics physically differ from Western comics?

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