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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? Explain your answer.
a) solemn/serious
b) resigned/defeated
e) sarcastic/cynical
c) light-hearted/humorous

2. Editorial cartoonists often use symbols to represent an idea. What do the old man and the baby symbolize?

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Cartoon by Robert Ariail


 1. c) light-hearted/humorous

2. The old man represents Father Time (the old year) – the symbol of the end of the year; the baby represents Baby New Year (the new year) – the symbol of the new year.