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 step constructs the work by applying skills, practical knowledge, invention, and problem-solving?

2. What kind of combination treats words as integral parts of the picture?

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

4. One property of flat colors is a tendency to emphasize the _____ of animate and inanimate objects

5. Which of the following creators is often regarded as a pioneer or revolutionary whose art became the purpose?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How can a word balloon vary?

4. Does the six-step path need to be completed in a specific order?

5. Why was the four-color process created?

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

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

8. How does McCloud feel about color and comics?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

McCloud argues children are fascinated by the simplicity and universal identification of cartoons and that these characteristics allow the viewer to step inside the cartoon universe. Do you agree that by simplifying the drawing style, one allows the viewer to see the message more clearly? Explain your perspective using examples.

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 "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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