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NOTE: This cartoon refers to a USA Today report that states: The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.  Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months – and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.  Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time – in pay and hiring – during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.
(read the article “For feds, more get 6-figure salaries” posted at USA Today on the 12/11/09)

1. Tone is the attitude a cartoonist takes towards a subject. Which pair of words best describes the tone of this cartoon?

a) bitter/enraged
b) light-hearted/humorous
c) resigned/defeated
d) sarcastic/disgusted

2. Do you think that the cartoonist is making a valid point?  Explain your answer.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.


1.  d) sarcastic/disgusted

2.  Opinion question. Answers vary.