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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. How long is the tapestry detailing the Norman Conquest of England?

2. What is another word for motion lines?

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

4. Which of the following artists uses more transitions than normal?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

McCloud notes that diagrams are comics, but they do not label themselves as such. How important are labels? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? How does the context that diagrams are presented in make them different from other comics?

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