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1.  Which word best describes the type of literary device the cartoonist is using?
a)  parody
b)  pun
c)  personification
d)  oxymoron

2.  Why did you choose the answer you did?

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Cartoon by Henry Payne


1.  c)  personification

2.  Personification is a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object. (from Encyclopedia Britannica)

The cartoonist did not use:

a) parody, which is a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing

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

d) oxymoron, which is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as the phrase “jumbo shrimp” “virtual reality”)