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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?
a) resigned/defeated
b) disgusted/annoyed
c) sarcastic/humorous
d) solemn/serious

2. Editorial cartoonists often use symbols to represent a person, group or idea. What does the Uncle Sam symbol represent in this cartoon?
a) the U.S. government
b) the U.S. military
c) Congress
d) the American people

3. What point is Michael Ramirez making in his cartoon?

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Cartoon by Michael Ramirez.


1. b) disgusted/annoyed

2. d) the American people

3. Citizens detest doing their taxes; all are frustrated with the complicated forms they must fill out. Many people are not even able to complete their own taxes and instead must pay someone to do it for them. Ramirez is suggesting only candidates who are the most emphatic and sincere in their vow to change tax law would get elected if election day was the day after Tax Day (April 15) – that tax policy might actually change.