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. In the time after printing was invented, when words and pictures appeared together, how were they combined?

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

3. What is the concept of uniting different art forms associated with different senses?

4. The mixing of words and pictures is more _______ than _______.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the four-color process created?

2. What happened after the birth of Expressionism?

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

4. Describe the origin of words.

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

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

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

8. What are the advantages of color in comics?

9. How can a word balloon vary?

10. What are the disadvantages of color in comics?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Eastern and Western approaches to art differ. In graphic arts, for example, Western art often focuses attention to foreground objects only while Eastern art emphasizes both the foreground and the background of negative space. Argue the merits of shortcomings of each approach.

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