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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. McCloud notes that we perceive the world as ______ through the experience of our senses, even though our senses can only reveal a _______ world.

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

3. Panel shapes affect which of the following?

4. Which is an example of our ability to extend our identities into inanimate objects?

5. Which artist was the first to depict motion by using a single line?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

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

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

4. How do words introduce time into a single frame?

5. How do people commit closure in electronic media such as a a film?

6. Describe what cartooning style is.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In aspect-to-aspect transitions, McCloud says that nothing "happens." Is presenting different aspects of a place important to storytelling? Why or why not? Do you think McCloud is accurate in saying that this kind of transition does not move the narrative along?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Many symbols are used in comics to convey the invisible, such as emotions and feelings. What is required for the creation of a symbol, such as wavy lines representing smell? What is required for this symbol to be sustained over time?

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