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 puts it all together - edits the work for content, arrangement and composition?

2. What combination has pictures that illustrate but don't significantly add to a largely complete text?

3. Who came up with the first symbols to record certain commodities?

4. What color of light is created by adding all three additive primaries?

5. Words and pictures have historically been thought of as base or simplistic. As a result of this mindset, current works of words and pictures have been base and simplistic. This is an example of what psychological phenomenon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the origin of words.

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

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

5. What is synaesthetics?

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

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

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

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

10. How can a word balloon vary?

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. Do you think this is a good definition of art? Can you think of how art could be motivated by survival or reproduction?

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

Scott McCloud used to have a poor impression of comics. When he was older, his friend convinced him to give comics another chance and he was hooked. Think about something you once hated, but not loved (or loved and now hate). Describe your previous and current impressions. What possible explanations can you think of for the change of heart? Was your first impression based off incorrect or partial knowledge? Did you change as a person?

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