Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Quiz Time!

We barely had time for Persepolis today, because the Understanding Comics quiz took longer than I anticipated. I haven't graded them yet, but judging from the students' comments, some of them did not do very well at all. There was no multiple choice or matching, so if you didn't know the material, you were pretty much out of luck. I'm hoping that the students who didn't pay attention in class and then bombed the quiz will learn a valuable lesson. We live in hope. 

Here, let me show you the quiz . . .

Chapter 6
1. Describe the transitions people make, according to McCloud, from the books they read as children to the books they read as adults.

2. Describe how words and pictures drifted apart over time.

3. What is “the curse of all new media”?

4. Draw an example of a Word Specific panel.

5. Draw an example of a Picture Specific panel.

6. Draw an example of an Interdependent panel.  

7. Compare and contrast the Duo-Specific type to the Additive type of panel.

Chapter 8
 8. The “reasons for the stormy relationship between comics and color . . . can be summed up in two words.” What are they?

9. Once the standard four color process took over, what became “the look of comics in America”?
10. What effect does traditional flat comic book coloring have on a comic? How does it change the reader’s experience?

Chapter 9
11. Why, according to McCloud, should we try so hard to understand comics?

12. How does comics compare to other forms of mass communication?

13. Why is communication so important?

14. What role do cartoons play in comics? What role does realism play?

15. Who joins Scott McCloud in the last panel of the book?

Bonus Extra Credit Questions!
A. What are the three subtractive primary colors?

B. Name three of the masters of flat-color comics (according to Scott McCloud).

C. Explain Herge’s “democracy of form.”

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