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

2. Which of the following is not a benefit from non-basic human activities such as art?

3. Which of the following contributed to the shift in resemblance towards meaning in art?

4. Which of the following is a use of color in comics?

5. In the time after the printing press, which art form was obsessed with resemblance, light and color?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is synaesthetics?

2. What is an advantage of combining words and pictures together, as in 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. Does the six-step path need to be completed in a specific order?

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

7. What happened after the birth of Expressionism?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McCloud says that with comics, if all you see is ink and paper, what you see is seldom what you get. Instead he notes that, "In the end, what you get is what you give." What does he mean by this statement? Can you see this concept applying to other situations outside of comics?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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