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 is NOT an example of possible primitive art?

2. The combination of printed art and literature has traditionally been thought of as a style for which audience?

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

4. What is the first step of art creation, the one that contains the work's content, emotions and philosophies?

5. Which of the following activity does not grow out of basic human instincts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is synaesthetics?

2. Describe the process of creating art using the six-step path.

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

4. How can a word balloon vary?

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

6. Describe the origin of words.

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

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

9. What three aspects of art benefit humans from an evolutionary standpoint?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

McCloud notes that in Eastern art, elements omitted from a work of art are just as important was the work that has been explicitly included. Do you think that missing elements, such as negative space in an image, or silence in a melody, are an important part of art? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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