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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. Comic panels break up which of the following?

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

3. Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of comics, as defined in Understanding Comics?

4. Using the pictorial vocabulary pyramid, Herges' style is typically comprised of __________________.

5. How does McCloud loosely define cartooning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe what cartooning style is.

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

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

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

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

9. What are the three most popular transitions in mainstream Western comics and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McCloud writes that when he was a child, he believed that the world ceased to exist unless he was present. As he grew older, he began filling in gaps with assumptions in order to get closure. What are strategies and evidence we use to convince ourselves of the existence of things we have not experienced first hand? To test these definitions, consider whether they would stand up to the question of whether extraterrestrial life exists.

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 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?

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