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. What characteristic of comics examines how the sequential artist works with space and time?

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

3. What novelty can suggest dimension and involve the reader/viewer better than a regular container?

4. What can be altered to add time lapse without altering rhythm?

5. In Eisner's third example of "Contract with God" what drips from the heavy lettering?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can stories can be told through imagery alone?

2. Describe the difference between time and timing.

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

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

5. What can the artist be tempted to compromise for the sake of attracting buyers?

6. Give a brief summary of the historical evolution of comics according to Chapter 1.

7. Why did artists after the 16th century use expressions, postures, and backdrops to express their ideas?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 2 focuses on the juxtaposition of words and imagery. However, it also addresses the idea that images express a visual language in a limited amount of pages. Discuss three examples that explain how the artist can present images that clearly signify meaning to the viewer.

Essay Topic 2

Agree or disagree with the following statement: the reader is responsible for the interpretation of meaning when reading visuals. Cite three examples from the book that support your view. Address what responsibility the artist might have in creating the visuals.

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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