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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 does McCloud loosely define cartooning?

2. What type of magazine kept comics alive before the 20th century?

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

4. How long is the screenfold of 8-Deer "Tiger's-Claw" that was discovered by Cortes around 1519?

5. Japanese comics artists also drew more realistic characters to emphasize __________________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Is Scott McCloud the ultimate authority of comics?

6. What is McCloud's explanation for why the human mind has little difficulty converting shapes and images into faces?

7. According to McCloud, why is closure important?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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