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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. Which comic artist introduced the storytelling techniques used in most mainstream comics?

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

3. Which pair of words does not relate to each other, in terms of comic style?

4. When reading comics, how many senses are used between panels?

5. What is the space between comic panels called?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

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

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

8. What are the three most popular transitions in mainstream Western comics and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McCloud states that "to kill a man between panels is to condemn him to a thousand deaths." What does he mean by this statement? What is the reader's involvement in the space between panels, the gutter?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

McCloud explains how you introduce time in comics by way of the depiction of time and the perception of time. Compare and contrast the two strategies. Does a preponderance of one or the other affect the end outcome?

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