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. Which of the following icons has a fixed and absolute meaning?

2. Which country's artists widely adopted photographic trickery such as blurring and streaking soon after its inception?

3. What symbol does the author use to demonstrate the universality of cartoon imagery?

4. What panel-to-panel transition requires the least amount of closure?

5. The author likens the representation of Egyptian hieroglyphics to which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McCloud argues children are fascinated by the simplicity and universal identification of cartoons and that these characteristics allow the viewer to step inside the cartoon universe. Do you agree that by simplifying the drawing style, one allows the viewer to see the message more clearly? Explain your perspective using examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

New media is often judged by the standards of the old. Do you think these are appropriate standards? Why or why not?

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