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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 characteristics of panels contribute to the sequence of time?

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

3. How do you describe the kind of activity that bridges gaps in the action of the comic?

4. After which century, did artists start to depend on expressions, postures, and backdrops?

5. What forces the reader to supply dialogue in an image sequence?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the nature of calligraphy.

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

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

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

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

7. Briefly give a synopsis of Chapter 3.

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

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

10. Briefly give a synopsis of Chapter 2.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Since the artist controls the orientation of the reader/viewer's perspective, the artist functions somewhat like a director of the comic. Eisner goes even further to say that the panel functions as a stage. Discuss three ways in which the panel works as a stage. Use material from Chapter 4 to support your examples.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 4 specifies the technical aspects of perspective, communication, and interpretation. The contrast between visceral and intellectual is discussed in reference to the audience's interpretation of meaning. Explain why Eisner considers bridging the gaps in action between panels more of a visceral than intellectual activity. Cite two examples from Chapter 4 in your answer.

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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