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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 is the phenomenon of observing the parts but perceiving the whole?

2. What transition features a single subject in distinct progressions?

3. In comics, words represent that which can only exist in time, _______.

4. The author believes that comics is an art form similar to which of the following?

5. What is the most common type of transition in the most storytelling technique used in comics?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How could an artist lengthen a pause in the conversation between two characters?

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

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

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

7. In the panel with the basketball players, how could you add words while depicting one single moment?

8. What is a Japanese technique usied in cartooning?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McCloud says that with comics, if all you see is ink and paper, what you see is seldom what you get. Instead he notes that, "In the end, what you get is what you give." What does he mean by this statement? Can you see this concept applying to other situations outside of comics?

Essay Topic 2

McCloud writes that when he was a child, he believed that the world ceased to exist unless he was present. As he grew older, he began filling in gaps with assumptions in order to get closure. What are strategies and evidence we use to convince ourselves of the existence of things we have not experienced first hand? To test these definitions, consider whether they would stand up to the question of whether extraterrestrial life exists.

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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