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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 type of magazine kept comics alive before the 20th century?

2. Which of the following is NOT an American comic artist that uses the style of creating one set of lines to see and another to be?

3. Who observed that a non-visual awareness occurs when people interact with inanimate objects?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

5. Describe what cartooning style is.

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

7. What is a Japanese technique usied in cartooning?

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

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

10. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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