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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) resigned/defeated
b) angry/critical
c) light-hearted/humorous
d) thoughtful/serious

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

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Cartoon by Henry Payne


1. c) light-hearted/humorous

2. a) irony: when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs

The cartoonist did not use the following:

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

b) personification – when human characteristics are given to animals or inanimate objects; a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object

d) onomatopoeia – a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Common occurrences of onomatopoeias include animal noises, such as “oink” or “meow” or “roar” or “chirp.”