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. Whose work often evoked a world of depravity and morbid decay through dense puddles of ink and fraying linework?

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

3. Which artist incorporated neurotic quill-lines into his/her work?

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

5. Aside from the central figure in an image, where else can emotion be depicted?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How can words and pictures together create a more meaningful message than each individually?

6. Describe the origin of words.

7. What are the advantages of color in comics?

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

9. How does McCloud feel about color and comics?

10. What are the disadvantages of color in comics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Art can be thought of as any human activity that doesn't grow out of either basic instinct of survival and reproduction. How do you define art? According to this definition, what are examples of what is and isn't art?

Essay Topic 2

In aspect-to-aspect transitions, McCloud says that nothing "happens." Is presenting different aspects of a place important to storytelling? Why or why not? Do you think McCloud is accurate in saying that this kind of transition does not move the narrative along?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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