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. What is typically the third most common type of transition in the most storytelling technique used in comics?

2. How long is the tapestry detailing the Norman Conquest of England?

3. Visual iconography is to vocabulary as closure is to _______________.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the panel with the basketball players, how could you add words while depicting one single moment?

4. According to McCloud, why is closure important?

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

6. For what do Japanese mainstream comics use aspect-to-aspect transitions?

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

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

9. How is the screenfold of 8-Deer "Tiger's Claw" considered a comic?

10. What is the difference between the art form ("medium") and the content?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

McCloud states that "to kill a man between panels is to condemn him to a thousand deaths." What does he mean by this statement? What is the reader's involvement in the space between panels, the gutter?

Essay Topic 2

In comics, a great deal of the storytelling occurs between the panels and the reader must use his/her imagination to tell the story. Is McCloud accurate in saying that comics requires more reader participation than any other artform? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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