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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 an example of comics that is not referred to as comics?

3. What transition bypasses time and sets a wandering eye on different aspects of the same place, idea or mood?

4. How are Egyptian paintings read?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How can an artist depict time in comics?

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

6. How are faces and figures typically drawn in comics? What about backgrounds and landscapes?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

McCloud argues children are fascinated by the simplicity and universal identification of cartoons and that these characteristics allow the viewer to step inside the cartoon universe. Do you agree that by simplifying the drawing style, one allows the viewer to see the message more clearly? Explain your perspective using examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Scott McCloud used to have a poor impression of comics. When he was older, his friend convinced him to give comics another chance and he was hooked. Think about something you once hated, but not loved (or loved and now hate). Describe your previous and current impressions. What possible explanations can you think of for the change of heart? Was your first impression based off incorrect or partial knowledge? Did you change as a person?

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