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 should the artist study before making comics?

2. What is determined by how much space is available and what technology is to be used to reproduce it?

3. When can artists render color directly over line work?

4. What must be followed completely by the artist and writer?

5. What is usually the key to a gesture's meaning?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Which works are generally entertainment-oriented, and why?

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

5. Give a brief synopsis of Chapter 6.

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

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

8. Why is teamwork often demanded by publishers?

9. Why are the body's gestures and postures stored in the artist's memory as a non-verbal vocabulary?

10. How can posture and gesture give insight into a character's lifestyle and allow sociological observations?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 4, Eisner develops more comparisons between comics and other forms of entertainment. At one point, he suggests that composing a comic strip panel is like designing a theatrical scene, illustration, painting, or mural. Explain Eisner's reasoning using at least four examples from Chapter 4.

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

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.

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