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. How are Egyptian paintings read?

2. Which of the following artists uses more transitions than normal?

3. When McCloud refers to the word icon, to what is he referring?

4. What transition stays within a scene or idea and requires more closure from the reader in order to find the transition meaningful?

5. 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 _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the difference between closure of electronic media and closure in comics?

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

4. What is McCloud's notion of the Picture Plane?

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

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

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

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

9. According to McCloud, why is closure important?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Many symbols are used in comics to convey the invisible, such as emotions and feelings. What is required for the creation of a symbol, such as wavy lines representing smell? What is required for this symbol to be sustained over time?

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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