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 drew Dick Tracy?

2. The masters of flat-color comics are also masters of what?

3. The mixing of words and pictures is more _______ than _______.

4. What kind of combination uses words and pictures on separate courses with no intersection?

5. When readers discover comics for the first time, comics act as as an ___________ between storyteller and audience.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does McCloud feel about color and comics?

2. Why was the four-color process created?

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the origin of words.

8. What is synaesthetics?

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

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

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

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

McCloud notes that "We see ourselves in everything. We assign identities and emotions where none exist. And we make the world over in our image." Personification is a literary device that demonstrates McCloud's statement. Think of a time where you personified an inanimate object or abstract notion. What was it? What human attributes did you give to it?

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