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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. Closure in comics fosters an intimacy between ________________________.

2. What does McCloud name the two bastions of cartoon art?

3. Which pair of words does not relate to each other, in terms of comic style?

4. This effect of contrasting characters and backgrounds is used by which of the following?

5. What is not one of the vertices of the triangular pictorial vocabulary?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

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

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

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

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

6. Is a single image equivalent to a single instant in time?

7. Does McCloud think single panels should be considered comic art?

8. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

10. How is the Egyptian painting referenced in the book considered a comic?

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

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 3

In comics, a great deal of the storytelling occurs between the panels and the reader must use his/her imagination to tell the story. Is McCloud accurate in saying that comics requires more reader participation than any other artform? Why or why not?

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