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. Pictures and words should have what kind of relationship?

2. The masters of flat-color comics are also masters of what?

3. What step is the genre or school of art to which the work belongs?

4. The bold lines, obtuse angles and heavy blacks in Dick Tracy were meant to suggest a _________ of adults.

5. When readers discover comics for the first time, comics act as as an ___________ between storyteller and audience.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What problem results from people believing that comics is a new form of media?

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

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

6. What is synaesthetics?

7. What happened after the birth of Expressionism?

8. What are the disadvantages of color in comics?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

McCloud notes that diagrams are comics, but they do not label themselves as such. How important are labels? Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? How does the context that diagrams are presented in make them different from other comics?

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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