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. The pursuit of truth can be seen as the foundation of which of the following?

2. The order and emphasis of which two steps demonstrates the most dramatic difference?

3. Pictures and words should have what kind of relationship?

4. What drawing style did Jooste Swarte use to depict cool sophistication and irony?

5. What is the most common type of combination where words and pictures go hand in hand to convey an idea that neither could convey alone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does McCloud feel about color and comics?

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

7. Why do people think words and pictures together is more simplistic than either art individually?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The invention of printing played a significant role in the history and the world of comics (and the written word). Think of another invention that had a significant impact. What were the effects? Did it solve a problem or enable further development? Where would we be without the invention? Be specific and select a physical invention - do not use "technology" or other broad concepts.

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

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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