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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) indifferent/apathetic
b) angry/critical
d) humorous/sarcastic

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

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Cartoon by Jerry Holbert


1.  d) humorous/sarcastic

2. b) exaggeration: to think of or describe something as larger or greater than it really is; the cartoonist exaggerates the scope of the government’s surveillance programs – it is not physically watching every American

The cartoonist did not use:
a) irony: when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs
c) 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
d) pun: a “play on words” – a type of humor using a word or phrase that has two meanings