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 Scottish physicist isolated the three additive primaries?

2. What is the first step of art creation, the one that contains the work's content, emotions and philosophies?

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

4. Which French pianist devised the idea of three subtractive primaries?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the origin of words.

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

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

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

6. Why was the four-color process created?

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

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

9. What are the disadvantages of color in comics?

10. How can a word balloon vary?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many symbols are used in comics to convey the invisible, such as emotions and feelings. What is required for the creation of a symbol, such as wavy lines representing smell? What is required for this symbol to be sustained over time?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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