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 creation of work in any medium will follow a certain path containing how many steps?

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

3. Comics printing was superior on which continent?

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

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

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

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

4. What three aspects of art benefit humans from an evolutionary standpoint?

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

6. Why was the four-color process created?

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

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

9. What are the advantages of color in comics?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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