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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What symbol does the author use to demonstrate the universality of cartoon imagery?

2. Comic panels break up which of the following?

3. How are Egyptian paintings read?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a Japanese technique usied in cartooning?

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

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

4. What is the difference between the art form ("medium") and the content?

5. Does McCloud think single panels should be considered comic art?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe what cartooning style is.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Art can be thought of as any human activity that doesn't grow out of either basic instinct of survival and reproduction. How do you define art? According to this definition, what are examples of what is and isn't art?

Essay Topic 2

The author notes that comics are not the hybrid of graphics and words. What do you think of this statement? Are comics their own entity? Or do they tend to fall into one category more than the other? Explain your answer

Essay Topic 3

McCloud says that with comics, if all you see is ink and paper, what you see is seldom what you get. Instead he notes that, "In the end, what you get is what you give." What does he mean by this statement? Can you see this concept applying to other situations outside of comics?

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