Understanding Comics Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who created "A Harlot's Progress," published in 1731?

2. What new law was created to protect Töpffer's new art form following the successful publication of "A Harlot's Progress" and its sequel?

3. Panel shapes affect which of the following?

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

5. Which of the following is an assumption that comics artists make about the reader?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. According to McCloud, everything that people experience in life can be separated into which two realms?

6. Describe the author's first impressions of comics as a child.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The invention of printing played a significant role in the history and the world of comics (and the written word). Think of another invention that had a significant impact. What were the effects? Did it solve a problem or enable further development? Where would we be without the invention? Be specific and select a physical invention - do not use "technology" or other broad concepts.

Essay Topic 2

McCloud notes that "We see ourselves in everything. We assign identities and emotions where none exist. And we make the world over in our image." Personification is a literary device that demonstrates McCloud's statement. Think of a time where you personified an inanimate object or abstract notion. What was it? What human attributes did you give to it?

Essay Topic 3

McCloud notes that diagrams are comics, but they do not label themselves as such. How important are labels? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? How does the context that diagrams are presented in make them different from other comics?

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