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. What transition requires deductive reasoning and transports the reader across significant distances of time and space?

2. Because artists don't expect audiences to identify with backgrounds such as brick walls or landscapes, backgrounds tend to be more ______ than the story's characters.

3. When does the author begin practicing to be a comics artist?

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

5. Within a comic storyline, what is the amount of time that passes from one panel to the next?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author introduce the Margritte painting, "The Treachery of Images"?

3. Is there a difference between an animated movie and comics?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How can an artist depict time in comics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eastern and Western approaches to art differ. In graphic arts, for example, Western art often focuses attention to foreground objects only while Eastern art emphasizes both the foreground and the background of negative space. Argue the merits of shortcomings of each approach.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Paul Klee, a painter, teacher and cartoonist noted that, "Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible." What does he mean by this. Is he right? Present your case.

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