Understanding Comics Test | Final 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 aspect of comics has been especially sensitive to changes in technology?

2. The order and emphasis of which two steps demonstrates the most dramatic difference?

3. Which blatantly expressionistic artist created The Underground?

4. Aside from the central figure in an image, where else can emotion be depicted?

5. What color of light is created by adding all three additive primaries?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is synaesthetics?

2. How does McCloud feel about color and comics?

3. Describe the difference between the additive primaries and the subtractive primaries.

4. What problem results from people believing that comics is a new form of media?

5. How can a word balloon vary?

6. Does the six-step path need to be completed in a specific order?

7. How can backgrounds indicate invisible ideas such as emotions?

8. In panels rich with images, why would an artist add words?

9. How can an artist depict emotion in a comic?

10. What is an advantage of combining words and pictures together, as in comics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In aspect-to-aspect transitions, McCloud says that nothing "happens." Is presenting different aspects of a place important to storytelling? Why or why not? Do you think McCloud is accurate in saying that this kind of transition does not move the narrative along?

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

Eastern and Western approaches to art differ. In graphic arts, for example, Western art often focuses attention to foreground objects only while Eastern art emphasizes both the foreground and the background of negative space. Argue the merits of shortcomings of each approach.

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