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. Which of the following creators is often regarded as a pioneer or revolutionary whose art became the purpose?

2. Which is true of most written languages?

3. What is the most widely-used, most complex, and most versatile synaesthetic icon?

4. Which of the following is NOT an example of possible primitive art?

5. Which color is NOT a subtractive primary?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the typical artist who starts with an idea/purpose and then creates art.

2. What are the disadvantages of color in comics?

3. What happened to comics after the invention of printing?

4. What was one result of the color printing used for superheroes?

5. What happened after the birth of Expressionism?

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

7. How does McCloud feel about color and comics?

8. How can words and pictures together create a more meaningful message than each individually?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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