Comics and Sequential Art Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Through what must the artist seize attention and dictate the sequence?

2. In which 18th century tool do inscriptions reappear?

3. Expression becomes an alphabet when it undergoes what process?

4. What Spirit story written in 1947 mentions Yogi?

5. What are the main forums for sequential art in today's world?

Short Essay Questions

1. What convention does Eisner break while depicting the scene of the hero's flight?

2. Why must the sequential artist deal with humans immersed in space and time?

3. When inscriptions reappeared in the 18th-century, what did artists use to arrange their thoughts and actions for the audience?

4. Explain how composing a comic strip panel is like designing a mural, illustration, painting, or theatrical scene.

5. Why is time more illusory in comics?

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

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

8. Why is text sometimes lettered in a style consistent with the sentiment of a scene?

9. Briefly give a synopsis of Chapter 3.

10. Briefly give a synopsis of Chapter 2.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 3 analyzes the relationship between space, time, and visual perspective. Eisner explains that distance is often measured by sight and sound, but it is more difficult to assess time, because it is more illusory. Compile at least three examples provided by Eisner's work and examine the similarities and differences between how time, sight, and sound are measured and expressed in comics.

Essay Topic 2

Eisner specifies a very organized procedure for comic writers and artists. Comic writers and artists must follow this procedure together. Discuss the idea and importance of teamwork in comics. Support your claims with two examples taken from any chapter.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 2, the relationship of the sequential artist and the reader is examined. Eisner suggests that the reader and the sequential artist must communicate through mutual life experience. Answer the following question: Why must the sequential artist and the reader share life experiences for communication to occur? Use one of your own supporting ideas to back up your statement and at least two examples from the book.

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