Understanding Comics: Chapter 1

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  • 1. 

    Sequential Art is an all encompassing term that defines comics but does not prohibit genres, method, or the tools used to create comics.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Sequential Art is a term used to describe the medium of storytelling through a sequence of images, commonly known as comics. It encompasses various genres, methods, and tools used in creating comics. This means that Sequential Art does not limit or restrict the types of stories, artistic styles, or techniques that can be used in comics. Therefore, the statement that Sequential Art defines comics but does not prohibit genres, method, or tools used to create comics is true.

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  • 2. 

    What master comics artist coined the term: Sequential Art?

    • A.

      Garry Trudeau

    • B.

      Matt Groening

    • C.

      Will Eisner

    • D.

      Scott McCloud

    Correct Answer
    C. Will Eisner
    Explanation
    Will Eisner is the correct answer because he is widely recognized as one of the most influential comic artists and writers of all time. He is known for his groundbreaking work in the medium, particularly his graphic novel "A Contract with God" which popularized the term "sequential art". Eisner's contributions to the art form have had a lasting impact and his term has been widely adopted and used in the field of comics and graphic novels.

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  • 3. 

    What is the hero's name from the Pre-Columbian Picture Manuscript "Discovered" by Cortés?

    • A.

      10-Dog "Eagle Copal Burning

    • B.

      6-House "Row Of Flint Knives"

    • C.

      4-Wind "Serpent Of Fire"

    • D.

      8-Deer "Tiger's-Claw"

    Correct Answer
    D. 8-Deer "Tiger's-Claw"
  • 4. 

      Single panels cartoons are one of the original forms of modern-day comics (Sequential Art): TRUE or FALSE?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This is False because it is a single frame cartoon with no sequence.

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  • 5. 

    "The artform--the medium--known as comics is a vessel which can hold any number of ideas and images." Which of the following are needed in the comic medium? 

    • A.

      Writers and Artist

    • B.

      Trends and Genres

    • C.

      Subject Matter and Themes

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The comic medium requires both writers and artists to create the visual storytelling. Writers are responsible for developing the plot, dialogue, and characters, while artists bring these elements to life through illustrations and visual storytelling techniques. Additionally, trends and genres are necessary in comics to cater to different audience preferences and to keep the medium relevant and engaging. Subject matter and themes are also essential as they provide the content and messages that the comic conveys to its readers. Therefore, all of the above options are needed in the comic medium.

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  • 6. 

    Most books about comics began shortly before the turn of the last century.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement is true. It states that most books about comics began shortly before the turn of the last century. This implies that the majority of books about comics were published around the late 1800s or early 1900s. This aligns with the historical development of comics as a popular form of entertainment, with the first comic strips and books gaining popularity during this time period. Therefore, the statement is accurate.

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  • 7. 

    McCloud writes about the "Thirty-Two Century" old sequential painting found in the Egyptian scribe Menna's tomb. According to the painting, as Menna watches, farmers late in paying their taxes are ___________.

    • A.

      Giving one chance to pray for mercy and then killed in the name of Amen Ra.

    • B.

      Made to pay double the original taxes.

    • C.

      Made to sacrifice an ox in the name of Osiris.

    • D.

      Burned by the x-ray vision possessed by men like Menna.

    • E.

      Beaten for their tardiness.

    Correct Answer
    E. Beaten for their tardiness.
    Explanation
    According to McCloud's description of the sequential painting, farmers who are late in paying their taxes are depicted as being beaten. This suggests that they are punished physically for their tardiness in tax payment.

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  • 8. 

    The Bayeux Tapestry is strikingly similar to Comics?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Bayeux Tapestry can be considered similar to comics because both use sequential art to tell a story. The tapestry depicts the events leading up to and including the Norman conquest of England in 1066, using a series of stitched images. Similarly, comics use panels and sequential art to convey narratives. Both mediums rely on visual storytelling and the use of images to engage and communicate with the audience. Therefore, it can be said that the Bayeux Tapestry is strikingly similar to comics.

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  • 9. 

    At first glance, Egyptian Hieroglyphics would seem to fit our definition of Comics perfectly but...

    • A.

      Hieroglyphics' real descendent is Jazz music and not Comics.

    • B.

      Hieroglyphics' real descendent is the written word and not Comics.

    • C.

      Hieroglyphics' real descendent is military strategy and not Comics.

    • D.

      Hieroglyphics' real descendent is anthropomorphism and not Comics.

    Correct Answer
    B. Hieroglyphics' real descendent is the written word and not Comics.
    Explanation
    Egyptian Hieroglyphics were a form of writing used by the ancient Egyptians, which makes their real descendant the written word. Although Hieroglyphics may visually resemble comics with their use of pictorial symbols, their primary purpose was to convey written language rather than sequential storytelling, which is the defining characteristic of comics. Therefore, the correct answer is that Hieroglyphics' real descendant is the written word and not Comics.

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  • 10. 

    The invention of the printing press is the one event which looms as large in comics history as it does in the history of the written word.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the invention of the printing press had a significant impact on both the history of comics and the history of the written word. The printing press revolutionized the way information was disseminated, making it easier and more efficient to produce and distribute printed materials, including comics. This led to the popularization and widespread availability of comics, allowing them to reach a larger audience and greatly influencing the development of the medium. Therefore, the invention of the printing press is indeed a crucial event in the history of comics.

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  • 11. 

    The print below depicts....

    • A.

      The Tortures of Saint Erasmus

    • B.

      The Tortures of Saint Tropez

    • C.

      The Tortures of Saint Paul John

    • D.

      The Tortures of Saint Bernard

    Correct Answer
    A. The Tortures of Saint Erasmus
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Tortures of Saint Erasmus." This can be determined by examining the options provided and identifying the one that matches the print depicted.

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  • 12. 

    The sophistication of the picture-story did grow, however, reaching great heights in the nimble hands of William Hogarth.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that the sophistication of the picture-story increased over time, with William Hogarth being particularly skilled in this art form. This implies that Hogarth's work was highly regarded and considered to be of great quality, indicating that the answer is true.

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  • 13. 

    The father of modern comic in many ways is...

    • A.

      Saint Erasmus

    • B.

      William Hogarth

    • C.

      Rodolphe Töpffer

    • D.

      Charles M. Schulz

    Correct Answer
    C. Rodolphe Töpffer
    Explanation
    Rodolphe Töpffer is considered the father of modern comics because he pioneered the use of panels, speech bubbles, and sequential storytelling in his works. He developed a visual language that laid the foundation for the comic medium as we know it today. Töpffer's "The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck" is widely recognized as the first comic book, and his innovative techniques greatly influenced future comic creators. His contributions to the art form make him a significant figure in the history of comics.

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  • 14. 

    Woodcut Artist Lynd Ward's silent "Woodcut Novels" are powerful modern fables now praised by Comic artist but seldom recognized as comics.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Lynd Ward's "Woodcut Novels" are silent narratives told through woodcut illustrations, which can be considered a form of visual storytelling. While they may not fit the traditional definition of comics, they share similarities with the medium, such as sequential art and the ability to convey a narrative. Despite being highly regarded by comic artists, they are often not recognized as comics by the general audience.

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  • 15. 

    Scott McCloud considers this single panel like the one below comics.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Scott McCloud does not consider a single panel like the one below as comics. Comics typically involve the use of multiple panels to convey a narrative or story. A single panel can be seen as a standalone image or illustration, but it does not necessarily fall under the definition of comics according to McCloud's understanding.

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  • 16. 

    Most Art teachers consider Max Ernst's "Collage Novel,"A Week Of Kindness a comics masterpiece.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that most art teachers consider Max Ernst's "Collage Novel, A Week Of Kindness" a comics masterpiece. However, the correct answer is false, indicating that most art teachers do not consider it a comics masterpiece.

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  • 17. 

    [Check the correct box(es)] "For much of the century the word "comics" has had a negative connotations that many of  comics' most devoted practitioners have preferred to be known as"...

    • A.

      Illustrators

    • B.

      Commercial Artists

    • C.

      Motion Art Scientists

    • D.

      Graphic Editors

    • E.

      Tommy John Surgeons

    • F.

      Cartoonists

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Illustrators
    B. Commercial Artists
    F. Cartoonists
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Illustrators, Commercial Artists, Cartoonists. These terms are commonly used to refer to practitioners of comics who prefer not to be associated with the negative connotations that the word "comics" has had for much of the century.

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  • 18. 

    Fill in the blank: When I (Scott McCloud) was in the _______, a friend of mine (who was a lot smarter than I was) convinced me to give comics another look and lent me his collection. 

    • A.

      12th Grade

    • B.

      Grad School

    • C.

      8th Grade

    • D.

      9th Grade

    Correct Answer
    C. 8th Grade
    Explanation
    When I (Scott McCloud) was in the 8th grade, a friend of mine (who was a lot smarter than I was) convinced me to give comics another look and lent me his collection.

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  • 19. 

      [Check the correct box(es)]  At one time _________ recieved the same criticism and skeptism Comics receive.

    • A.

      Music

    • B.

      Written Word

    • C.

      Theatre

    • D.

      Visual Art

    • E.

      Film

    • F.

      Video

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Music
    B. Written Word
    C. Theatre
    D. Visual Art
    E. Film
    F. Video
    Explanation
    In the past, all of the listed forms of expression - music, written word, theatre, visual art, film, and video - have faced criticism and skepticism similar to what comics receive.

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  • 20. 

    If we don't exclude photography from our definition, then half of America has been in comics at one time or another.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that if photography is included in the definition, then a large portion of the American population has been involved in comics at some point. This implies that photography has been used to create comics or comic-like content, and therefore, the statement is true.

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