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. Visual iconography is to vocabulary as closure is to _______________.

2. Who was the first artist to present specific motions in a panel-to-panel form?

3. Who is the author of the book?

4. Which of the following point in time of the panel is represented by where your eyes are focused?

5. Who first observed that people growing up in the late 20th century wanted roles more than goals?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe what cartooning style is.

10. How can an artist depict time in comics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Scott McCloud used to have a poor impression of comics. When he was older, his friend convinced him to give comics another chance and he was hooked. Think about something you once hated, but not loved (or loved and now hate). Describe your previous and current impressions. What possible explanations can you think of for the change of heart? Was your first impression based off incorrect or partial knowledge? Did you change as a person?

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