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Tone is the attitude a cartoonist takes towards a subject. Which word best describes the cartoonist’s tone in this cartoon?
a) indignant
b) condescending
c) satirical
d) optimistic

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The Wall Street Journal


c) satirical – satirical is an adjective which describes the use of satire.  Satire is defined as: the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.; satire makes fun of some example of vice or foolishness or injustice or moral failing.
The cartoonist is ridiculing the increasing phenomena of college graduates (and those with more advanced degrees) not finding permanent jobs, and having to move back in with their parents.  

The answer is NOT:
a)  indignant:  marked by anger aroused by injustice
b)  condescending:  a feeling of superiority; showing that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people
d)  optimistic:  hopeful, cheerful