90 pages 3 hours read

Scott McCloud

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Nonfiction | Graphic Novel/Book | Adult | Published in 1993

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer questions on key plot points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.

Note: Due to the nature of McCloud’s book, visually impaired students may not be able to answer some of these reading questions. Each set of 6 questions (both Reading Check and Short Answer) contains at least 5 questions entirely based on the text portion of this book. Any questions likely to present an obstacle to the visually impaired are tagged [visual question] so that you can easily identify and remove them before presenting the questions to blind or low-vision students.

Introduction-Chapter 2

Reading Check

1. Who are the two people who are talking to each other in the book’s introduction?

2. In his introduction, how does McCloud indicate to the reader which words and phrases are key ideas and terms? [visual question]

3. When did McCloud decide to become a comic artist?

4. What important technique does McCloud say comics use but animated film does not?

5. What does McCloud call representational images?

6. What word does McCloud use to mean simplifying an image to focus on specific details?


Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

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