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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What Spirit story written in 1947 mentions Yogi?
(a) Junior Yogi, Part 2.
(b) George and the Yogi.
(c) Hoagy the Yogi, Part 2.
(d) Hoagy the Yogi, Part 1.

2. Why must the sequential artist and the reader share any experience?
(a) So the reader understands the entirety of the piece.
(b) So the panels are read correctly.
(c) So the artist can get paid.
(d) So communication can occur.

3. What other word can describe the use of letters in comics?
(a) Construct.
(b) Identity.
(c) Method.
(d) Symbol.

4. What other example of time measurement does Eisner mention?
(a) Symmetric space.
(b) Seconds.
(c) Diameter.
(d) Musical notation.

5. For what purpose did the artists start to use expressions, postures, and backdrops?
(a) To format their pieces.
(b) To formulate their understanding.
(c) To explain their analysis.
(d) To express their ideas

Short Answer Questions

1. When speed lines indicate motion they are part of what language?

2. Why does Eisner analyze this particular Spirit story in Chapter 3?

3. What is one of the two examples of time measurement Eisner mentions?

4. In what part of a young person's life are comic books said to have a role?

5. In "Contract with God," how is the text lettered?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly give a synopsis of Chapter 2.

2. Why must the sequential artist and the reader share life experiences for communication to occur?

3. How does the panel function as a stage?

4. Why are close-ups used when facial expressions are critical?

5. Give examples of different lettering techniques or styles from Eisner's story Contract with God.

6. How do people normally measure distance?

7. What happens to the hero in one of Eisner's Spirit stories who wishes he could fly?

8. Besides the text in comics, what must the reader/viewer "read"?

9. How does Eisner analyze a long Spirit story, "Foul Play," to show how time is realized through the sequence of events?

10. Why is the repetitiveness of comics compared to a language forming its own grammar?

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