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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. When does the author begin practicing to be a comics artist?

2. In a panel with a lot of action, such as the one on page 95, each figure is arranged sequentially and the audience will read them left to right. This could be argued as fitting the definition of _______.

3. Most Japanese comics first appear published in __________________.

4. What new law was created to protect Töpffer's new art form following the successful publication of "A Harlot's Progress" and its sequel?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the author's first impressions of comics as a child.

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

9. How can an artist depict time in comics?

10. Does McCloud think that non-sequitur transitions are possible?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Eastern and Western approaches to art differ. In graphic arts, for example, Western art often focuses attention to foreground objects only while Eastern art emphasizes both the foreground and the background of negative space. Argue the merits of shortcomings of each approach.

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