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1. To what recent news story does this cartoon refer?

2. The man in the cartoon is confused by the headline’s use of the word draft. What type of word is “draft” as used in the cartoon?
a) a homograph
b) a homophone
c) a homonym

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

Cartoon by Mike Lester


1. The cartoon refers to the recent statements made by top Army and Marine Corps leaders (following Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s decision to open up all military positions to women, including front-line combat roles) that they think women, like men, should be required to register for the Selective Service (the draft) at age 18.

2. Draft is:   c) a homonym – a word that is spelled and pronounced like another but has a different meaning


a) homograph – words that have same spelling, different sound, different meaning
lead (to go in front of)/lead (a metal)
wind (to follow a course that is not straight)/wind (a gust of air)
bass (low, deep sound)/bass (a type of fish)

b) homophone – words that have different spelling, same sound, different meaning (flour and flower)