Principle Of Printing Processes

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The basic printing principles and history.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following technologies was essential for the development of printing?

    • A.

      Written language

    • B.

      Paper

    • C.

      Ink

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    All of the above technologies were essential for the development of printing. Without a written language, there would be no content to print. Paper was needed as a medium to print on, and ink was necessary to transfer the text onto the paper. Therefore, all three technologies were crucial in the development of printing.

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  • 2. 

    The first Roman type font was created by...

    • A.

      Johanas Gutenberg

    • B.

      William Caxton

    • C.

      Nicholas Jenson

    • D.

      Aldus Manutius

    Correct Answer
    C. Nicholas Jenson
    Explanation
    Nicholas Jenson is credited with creating the first Roman type font. He was a French engraver and printer who worked in Venice during the 15th century. Jenson's typeface, known as "Jenson Roman," was based on the humanistic handwriting of the time and became widely influential in the development of typography. His meticulous attention to detail and balance in letterforms set the standard for Roman typefaces that followed.

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  • 3. 

    Codex is Latin for...

    • A.

      Scroll

    • B.

      Tablet

    • C.

      Book

    • D.

      Scribe

    Correct Answer
    C. Book
    Explanation
    Codex is Latin for "book." In ancient times, a codex referred to a manuscript or a document that was written on separate pages and bound together, similar to a modern-day book. The term "codex" originated from the Latin word "caudex," which means "tree trunk" or "block of wood." This term was used because early codices were made by carving wooden blocks and then writing on them. Over time, the term evolved to refer to any bound collection of pages, making "book" the correct answer.

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  • 4. 

    In addition to movable type, what was Gutenbergs's other great technological breakthrough?

    • A.

      Developing paper from wood pulp

    • B.

      Inventing the wine press

    • C.

      Developing an oil based ink

    • D.

      Inventing the bound book

    Correct Answer
    C. Developing an oil based ink
    Explanation
    Gutenberg's other great technological breakthrough was developing an oil-based ink. This innovation was crucial for the success of movable type printing, as it allowed for the ink to adhere to the metal type and transfer onto the paper more effectively. Oil-based ink provided a more durable and long-lasting print compared to the water-based inks used before. Gutenberg's development of this ink greatly contributed to the advancement of printing technology and played a significant role in the spread of knowledge through the mass production of books.

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  • 5. 

    Papyrus was developed by:

    • A.

      Egyptians

    • B.

      Chinese

    • C.

      Greeks

    • D.

      Japanese

    Correct Answer
    A. Egyptians
    Explanation
    Papyrus was developed by Egyptians. Papyrus is a material similar to paper, made from the pith of the papyrus plant. The Egyptians were the first to develop this writing material around 3000 BCE. They used papyrus to write on, creating scrolls and documents that played a significant role in their civilization. The development of papyrus revolutionized the way information was recorded and preserved, and it became an essential tool for communication and documentation in ancient Egypt.

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  • 6. 

    Parchment is made from:

    • A.

      Plants

    • B.

      Animals

    • C.

      Bamboo

    • D.

      Cotton

    Correct Answer
    B. Animals
    Explanation
    Parchment is made from animals because it is a material that is derived from the skin of animals, typically sheep or goats. The skin is treated and processed in order to create a smooth and durable surface that is suitable for writing or drawing. This process has been used for centuries to create a writing surface that is more durable and long-lasting than paper.

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  • 7. 

    In what year is Gutenberg credited with "inventing" movable type?

    • A.

      1490

    • B.

      1440

    • C.

      1400

    • D.

      1470

    Correct Answer
    B. 1440
    Explanation
    Gutenberg is credited with inventing movable type in the year 1440. This invention revolutionized the printing industry and played a crucial role in the spread of knowledge and information. Gutenberg's invention allowed for the mass production of books, making them more accessible and affordable to the general public.

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  • 8. 

    The font that Gutenberg used in printing his bibles was considered:

    • A.

      Gothic

    • B.

      Roman

    • C.

      Italic

    • D.

      San serif

    Correct Answer
    A. Gothic
    Explanation
    Gutenberg used Gothic font in printing his bibles. Gothic font, also known as Blackletter or Textura, was a popular typeface during the medieval period. It is characterized by its ornate and intricate design, with tall vertical strokes and pointed serifs. This font was commonly used for religious texts, including the Gutenberg Bible, as it gave a sense of tradition and authority. The use of Gothic font in Gutenberg's bibles was significant as it marked the beginning of mass production of books and the spread of literacy during the Renaissance period.

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  • 9. 

    The press in the New World was established in:

    • A.

      Virginia

    • B.

      Massachusettes

    • C.

      Mexico

    • D.

      Georgia

    Correct Answer
    C. Mexico
    Explanation
    The press in the New World was established in Mexico. Mexico had the first printing press in the Americas, which was brought by the Spanish colonizers in the early 16th century. The press played a crucial role in spreading knowledge, literature, and religious texts among the indigenous population and European settlers in Mexico. It was an important tool for communication and education during the colonial period and contributed to the development of the written culture in the New World.

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  • 10. 

    Gutenberg used what as a basis for his printing press?

    • A.

      A wine press

    • B.

      A press used to mint coins

    • C.

      A machine used to press clothes

    • D.

      A paper making press

    Correct Answer
    A. A wine press
    Explanation
    Gutenberg used a wine press as a basis for his printing press. This was because the wine press already had a mechanism to apply pressure, which Gutenberg adapted for his printing process. By modifying the wine press, Gutenberg was able to create a machine that could apply even pressure to the printing plates and transfer ink onto paper, revolutionizing the printing industry.

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  • 11. 

    A possible reason printing did not develop in China was...

    • A.

      Government restrictions of printing

    • B.

      Late developement of ink

    • C.

      Lack of paper

    • D.

      Lack of a simplified alphabet

    Correct Answer
    D. Lack of a simplified alphabet
    Explanation
    Printing did not develop in China due to the lack of a simplified alphabet. The Chinese writing system consists of thousands of characters, making it difficult and time-consuming to create movable type for printing. In contrast, languages with simplified alphabets, like the Latin alphabet used in the West, have a much smaller set of characters, making it easier to produce printing materials. The absence of a simplified alphabet in China hindered the development of printing as a widespread practice in the country.

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  • 12. 

    What was the name of the printing process that Gutenberg used?

    • A.

      Gravure

    • B.

      Lithography

    • C.

      Letterpress

    • D.

      Flexography

    Correct Answer
    C. Letterpress
    Explanation
    Gutenberg used the letterpress printing process. This process involves arranging movable type and applying ink to it before pressing it onto paper or other materials. Gutenberg's invention of the printing press with movable type revolutionized the printing industry and played a crucial role in the spread of knowledge and information during the Renaissance period.

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  • 13. 

    One of the first hot lead typesetters was manufactured by...

    • A.

      Chester Carlson

    • B.

      Eastman Kodak

    • C.

      Linotype

    • D.

      Portotype

    Correct Answer
    C. Linotype
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Linotype. Linotype was a company that manufactured one of the first hot lead typesetters. This machine revolutionized the printing industry by allowing for faster and more efficient typesetting. It used a keyboard to select the desired characters, which were then cast in molten metal and assembled into lines of text. The Linotype machine greatly increased the speed and productivity of printing, making it a significant development in the history of typography.

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  • 14. 

    The mold that hot metal is poured into to create relief type is called a...

    • A.

      Matrix

    • B.

      Negative

    • C.

      Cast

    • D.

      Reverse

    Correct Answer
    A. Matrix
    Explanation
    The mold that hot metal is poured into to create relief type is called a matrix. A matrix is a mold or a template that is used to shape and form the metal into the desired relief type. It is used in the process of casting, where molten metal is poured into the matrix and allowed to cool and solidify, taking the shape of the mold. This allows for the creation of consistent and accurate relief type for printing purposes.

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  • 15. 

    The most famous of Benjamin Franklin's publications was:

    • A.

      Poor Richards Almanac

    • B.

      The Common Book of Prayer

    • C.

      The Plymouth Times

    • D.

      The Freeman's Oath

    Correct Answer
    A. Poor Richards Almanac
    Explanation
    Benjamin Franklin's most famous publication was Poor Richard's Almanack. This almanac was a yearly publication that contained various information such as weather forecasts, calendar, advice, and witty proverbs. It was highly popular and widely read by the American colonists, making Franklin famous for his wit and wisdom. The Common Book of Prayer, The Plymouth Times, and The Freeman's Oath are not associated with Benjamin Franklin and are therefore incorrect options.

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  • 16. 

    A printing press cannot directly print photographs because photographs are:

    • A.

      Halftone

    • B.

      Continuous Tone

    • C.

      Wood cuts

    • D.

      Dot patterns

    Correct Answer
    B. Continuous Tone
    Explanation
    A printing press cannot directly print photographs because photographs are continuous tone images. Continuous tone images consist of a wide range of tones and gradients, which cannot be reproduced accurately using the dot patterns used in printing. The printing press is designed to reproduce images using dots of varying size and density, which is suitable for halftone images and woodcuts that are made up of distinct dots or lines. However, for continuous tone images like photographs, a separate process called halftoning is required to convert the continuous tones into a pattern of dots that can be reproduced by the printing press.

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  • 17. 

    In the Pocket Pal Letterpress is described as a __________ process.

    • A.

      Halftone

    • B.

      Intaglio

    • C.

      Planographic

    • D.

      Relief

    Correct Answer
    D. Relief
    Explanation
    In the Pocket Pal Letterpress is described as a relief process. Relief printing is a technique where the inked image is raised from the surface of the printing plate, and the non-printing areas are recessed. In letterpress printing, the raised surface of the plate is inked and pressed onto the paper, creating a printed image. This process is commonly used in letterpress printing, where the image is created by the raised surface of the type or image block.

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  • 18. 

    In the Pocket Pal, "a complete assortment of any one size and style of type containing all the characters and symbols" is called a...

    • A.

      Glyph

    • B.

      Font

    • C.

      Case

    • D.

      Collection

    Correct Answer
    B. Font
    Explanation
    A "complete assortment of any one size and style of type containing all the characters and symbols" is called a font. A font is a set of characters that share a consistent design and style. It includes all the letters, numbers, symbols, and other characters needed to represent a specific typeface. Fonts are used in various forms of media and design to convey a consistent visual style and help communicate information effectively.

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