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Friday's Editorial Cartoon   —   Posted on April 21, 2017

Question(s)

1. An editorial cartoonist often uses humor to illustrate a news item. What recent news item is Lisa Benson illustrating in this cartoon?

2. What point is Ms. Benson making in this cartoon?

3. What idiom does the cartoonist illustrate in this cartoon? What does this idiom mean?

 

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Cartoon by Lisa Benson
























Answer(s)

1. An editorial cartoonist often uses humor to illustrate a news item. What recent news item is Lisa Benson illustrating in this cartoon?
In defiance of the UN, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un continues to conduct missile tests and make threats against the U.S. and our allies. The Trump administration has responded strongly. VP Mike Pence warned North Korea this week that the resolve of President Donald Trump should not be tested. He also said, “There was a period of strategic patience but the era of strategic patience is over.”

2. What point is Ms. Benson making in this cartoon?
Provoking the U.S. under the Trump administration will result in a strong military response from the U.S.

3. What idiom does the cartoonist illustrate in this cartoon? What does this idiom mean?
Lisa Benson illustrates the idiom “to stir up a hornet’s nest.”
To “stir up a hornet’s nest” means to make trouble, to initiate a crisis, to provoke an angry reaction; to cause a situation that makes people very angry.