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. Who came up with the first symbols to record certain commodities?

2. Whose uneven lines pantomimed the inner struggles of modern life?

3. What combination has words that amplify or elaborate on an image, or vice versa?

4. The standard ______ color process was introduced to help control color costs and streamline the process.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the advantages of color in comics?

2. How can a word balloon vary?

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

4. Describe the origin of words.

5. In Chapter 7, how does McCloud see, or define, art?

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

7. Describe the typical artist who finds idea/purpose after creating art.

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

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

10. What are the disadvantages of color 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

McCloud notes that diagrams are comics, but they do not label themselves as such. How important are labels? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? How does the context that diagrams are presented in make them different from other comics?

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