State of the Union

Friday's Editorial Cartoon   —   Posted on January 15, 2016

Question(s)

A cartoonist often uses humor to point out the absurd or ridiculous. Which comic device does the cartoonist use to illustrate the amount of media coverage Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is given?
a) caricature
b) satire
c) understatement
d) hyperbole

 

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

Caroon by Gary Varvel
























Answer(s)

d) hyperbole: An extreme magnification or exaggeration of actuality. It blows something completely out of proportion for a distorted effect. The purpose of hyperbole is to create a larger-than-life effect and overly stress a specific point.


The cartoonist did not use:

a) caricature: A description or characterization that exaggerates or distorts a character’s prominent features, usually for purposes of mockery. For example, a cartoon of a gaunt Abraham Lincoln with a giant top hat, a very scraggly beard, and sunken eyes could be considered a caricature.

b) satire: satire is defined as: the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

c) understatement: A figure of speech in which statements are purposely understated. It may be used to indicate the speaker’s nonchalance (or obliviousness) regarding an often important or otherwise remarkable situation. It often results in irony where, for instance, the speaker’s response to an event does not match how the viewer expects the speaker to react.