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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) indifferent/apathetic
b) angry/critical
d) humorous/sarcastic

2. Which comic device does the cartoonist use to make his point? Explain your answer.
a) irony
b) sarcasm
c) parody
d) pun


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

Cartoon by Matt, The Telegraph (London)


1. d) humorous/sarcastic

2. b) sarcasm: A form of verbal (or visual) irony in which it is obvious from context and tone that the speaker means the opposite of what he or she says.

The cartoonist did not use:
a) irony: when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs
c) parody: a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing; a work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule
d) pun: a “play on words” – a type of humor using a word or phrase that has two meanings