Comics and Sequential Art Test | Final 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. How can instructional comics be divided?

2. What are "still" scenes used to bridge the gap between movie scripts and final photography on motion pictures?

3. What are amorphics?

4. What must artists know about the force of gravity?

5. What was the name of Eisner's 1981 attempt to illustrate Shakespeare's famous soliloquy of Hamlet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do people make important daily judgments about faces?

2. How does the "blue line" method work?

3. How are comic book artists most challenged in portraying amorphics?

4. Why must frozen moments convey both time and emotion?

5. Why does Eisner reproduce several pages from his graphic novel To the Heart of the Storm along with a close-up pencil dummy page?

6. Why do purely instructional comics often use humor?

7. Why should an artist read short stories?

8. Why does Eisner reproduce the story written by Jules Feiffer that was never published?

9. Why is teamwork often demanded by publishers?

10. Give a brief synopsis of Chapter 7.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Generally, style has been lauded as "a form of imperfection." However, now that technology has harnessed the ability to produce artwork, the personal style of the artist might be encroached upon. Explain the tension between individuality and technological perfection. Use two examples from Eisner's last chapter to demonstrate the consequences of technology in art and the response of humans to computer-generated artwork.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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