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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) self-pitying/defeated
c) disgusted/cynical
d) sarcastic/humorous

2. What is the probable origin of the saying “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite”?

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1.  The tone of this cartoon is d) sarcastic/humorous.

2.  Origin of “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite”

Or from yahooanswers:
There are two explanations to the origin of this saying:

The first explains that in the old days before modern mattresses, a bed use to consist of a square frame with ropes tied across in a weave like pattern to act as springs. This bed was similar to a hammock. The tighter the ropes on the bed, the better higher quality of sleep you got. The bedbugs part is pretty self-explanatory. The bedbugs part refers to the tiny critters that make your warm cozy bed, their home.

Another theory behind the “sleep tight” saying is explained by the Oxford dictionary saying, ” It seems that tight in this expression is the equivalent of the only surviving use of the adverb tightly meaning ‘soundly, properly, well, effectively”.