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1. Tone is the attitude a cartoonist takes towards a subject. Which pair of words best describes the tone of this cartoon?
a) solemn/serious
b) light-hearted/humorous
b) angry/critical
d) humorous/sarcastic

2. Which technique does the cartoonist use to make his point?
a) parody
b) personification
c) pun
d) onomatopoeia

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Cartoon by Scott Adams


1. d) humorous/sarcastic

2. b) personification – when human characteristics are given to animals or inanimate objects; a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object

The cartoonist did not use the following:

a) parody – a piece of writing, music, etc., that imitates the style of someone or something else in an amusing way; a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing

c) pun – is a “play on words” – a type of humor using a word or phrase that has two meanings

d) onomatopoeia – a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Common occurrences of onomatopoeias include animal noises, such as “oink” or “meow” or “roar” or “chirp.”