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 comic artist introduced the storytelling techniques used in most mainstream comics?

2. What determines the duration of time and dimensions of space in a panel?

3. What transition features a single subject in distinct progressions?

4. Panel shapes affect which of the following?

5. Pictures are ______ information. Writing is _______ information.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

McCloud notes that "We see ourselves in everything. We assign identities and emotions where none exist. And we make the world over in our image." Personification is a literary device that demonstrates McCloud's statement. Think of a time where you personified an inanimate object or abstract notion. What was it? What human attributes did you give to it?

Essay Topic 2

In your own words, answer Scott McCloud's question, "Why should we try so hard to understand comics?"

Essay Topic 3

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?

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