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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. What arranges illusions and symbols to stretch time and enhance emotion?

2. What is the title of Chapter 4?

3. In the Spirit story "Two Lives," which character is incarcerated?

4. How do comics form a language?

5. What specific content does Chapter 4 discuss?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What obstacle of the eye must the artist try to obliterate?

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

4. How does the panel function as a stage?

5. Why do images without words require extra sophistication in the reader/viewer?

6. Give a brief synopsis of Chapter 1: Comics as a Form of Reading.

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

8. Describe the nature of calligraphy.

9. What are used to move a reader/viewer through time?

10. How do people normally measure distance?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

in Chapter 2, calligraphy is described as an expression of visual symbols that also carry verbal and aural traits. Using three instances of supporting evidence from Chapter 2, explain the visual, verbal, and aural characteristics of calligraphy.

Essay Topic 2

Eisner argues that comics and images can be "read." Explain the author's reasoning using two examples from the book. Defend or oppose Eisner's position.

Essay Topic 3

Eisner promotes the idea that storytelling is not only an expression of language. First, examine the relationship between images and words in comics as Eisner explains it. Second, decide whether or not stories can be told through imagery alone. Support your agreement or disagreement with at least two examples.

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