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 is the genre or school of art to which the work belongs?

2. What is the most widely-used, most complex, and most versatile synaesthetic icon?

3. What combination has both words and pictures that send the same message?

4. What kind of combination treats words as integral parts of the picture?

5. Which of the following creators is often regarded as a pioneer or revolutionary whose art became the purpose?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the origin of words.

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

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

5. What happened after the birth of Expressionism?

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

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

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

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

10. How can an artist depict emotion in a comic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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