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 must artists realize about casual props like door hinges?

2. What determines how successfully the commonality of the human body is conveyed?

3. What is a modern attempt at codifying the wide range of postures and the emotions they reflect

4. What does Eisner say images can trigger?

5. What kind of printing never became widespread in comic printing.

Short Essay Questions

1. How can the artist successfully convey an image of the human body?

2. Give a brief synopsis of Chapter 7.

3. Contrast gesture and posture.

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

5. Why do entertainment comics deny to the readers/viewers much of the freedom they would enjoy in pure prose?

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

7. 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.

8. Give a brief synopsis of Chapter 5.

9. Why is teamwork often demanded by publishers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 1, Eisner examines a few panels that break the left-to-right convention. His analysis suggests that the panels are read easily because of the reader's understanding of gravity and of visual cues. Using this example, and others found in Chapter 1 or 2, agree or disagree with the following statement: should panels try to conform to normal conventions for easier reading?

Essay Topic 3

Eisner argues that comics and images can be "read." Explain the author's reasoning using two examples from the book. Defend or oppose Eisner's position.

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