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1.  Which word best describes the type of literary device the cartoonist is using?
a)  onomatopoeia
b)  pun
c)  personification
d)  oxymoron

2.  Why did you choose the answer you did?

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Cartoon by Rick McKee.


1.  c)  personification

2.  Personification is a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object. (from Encyclopedia Britannica)

The cartoonist did not use:
onomatopoeia, which is the formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to.

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

oxymoron, which is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as the phrase “cruel kindness”)