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Cartoonist often uses humor to illustrate a news item. What comic device does the cartoonist use to illustrate this ongoing news story (remote learning)? Explain your answer.
a) onomatopoeia
b) personification
c) exaggeration
d) understatement
e) parody

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Cartoon by Glenn and Gary McCoy


c) exaggeration – the cartoonist is exaggerating the student’s ability to trick his teacher

The cartoonist did not use:

a) onomatopoeia: a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes. Common occurrences of onomatopoeias include animal noises, such as “oink” or “meow” or “roar” or “chirp.”

b) personification: when human characteristics are given to animals or inanimate objects

d) understatement: a figure of speech (in this case an illustration) employed by writers or speakers (or cartoonists) to intentionally make a situation seem less important than it really is.

e) 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