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1.  Tone is the attitude a cartoonist takes toward a subject. Which pair of words best describes the tone of this cartoon?
a) sarcastic/cynical
b) solemn/serious
c) light-hearted/humorous
d) indifferent/apathetic

2.  Which comic device does the cartoonist use to make his point? There are 2 correct answers – Explain your choices.
a) parody
b) exaggeration
c) pun
d) irony

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Glenn McCoy


1.  a) sarcastic/cynical

2.  b) exaggeration: to think of or describe something better, worse, larger or more important than it really is
The cartoonist exaggerated the extent news networks go to to report on bad news
d) irony: when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs
You expect the woman to tell which news they will report on first; instead she shreds the good news report

The cartoonist did not use:
a) 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
c) pun: a “play on words” – a type of humor using a word or phrase that has two meanings