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1. Which comic device do you think cartoonist Mike Luckovich uses to illustrate his main idea? Explain your answer.
a) personification
b) pun
c) onomatopoeia
d) irony
e) understatement

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Cartoon by Mike Luckovich


1. d) irony – when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs; you expect Chelsea Clinton’s daughter to say “mama” or “gramma” but instead she says “Bernie” the name of her grandmother’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primaries

The cartoonist did not use:

a) personification, which is a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object.

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

c) onomatopoeia, which is the creation of words that imitate natural sounds (buzz and hiss are examples of onomatopoeia)

e) understatement, which is a figure of speech in which statements are purposely understated. It may be used to indicate the speaker’s nonchalance (or obliviousness) regarding an often important or otherwise remarkable situation.