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. What kind of comics are generally entertainment-oriented?

2. How should publishers act?

3. In what time frame did comics assume the typical reader was a "10-year old from Iowa"?

4. What things are not described but added when words are coupled with images?

5. What approach predominates because comics mix letters and images?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do purely instructional comics often use humor?

2. Contrast gesture and posture.

3. Why is writing for comics most closely related to playwriting?

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

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

6. Give a brief synopsis of Chapter 7.

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

8. Give a brief synopsis of Chapter 6.

9. Explain why comic writers first create a written script of their idea and story/plot, including narrative and dialog (balloons).

10. Name four of the eleven points Eisner covers, because he thinks an artist must understand about how objects work in order to portray them skillfully.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 1, Eisner expresses the opinion that lettering functions as an extension of imagery. As an example, he uses Contract with God to suggest that the lettering should remain consistent with the style and emotive qualities of the setting or scene. Explain why Eisner incorporates rain and blood in the lettering and typeface in Contract with God. Cite at least three reasons that support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In Chapter 4, the emphasis on the artist's particular "style" in comics demonstrates that there are many styles to choose from and that each has its own unique characteristics. However, the artist's style must still express meaning to the audience. Discuss four ways in which an artist's style can help or hinder the audience to understand a comic.

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