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1. Which word best describes the type of literary device cartoonist Henry Payne uses in all three cartoons? Explain your answer.
a) caricature
b) onomatopoeia
c) oxymoron
d) anthropomorphism
e) pun

2. One of the types of humor an editorial cartoonist uses is irony. Irony is defined as when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs. Describe the irony in the first cartoon.


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Cartoon by Henry Payne


Cartoon by Henry Payne

Cartoon by Henry Payne


1. d) anthropomorphism is a type of personification that gives human characteristics to non-humans or objects especially animals.

The cartoonist did not use:
a) caricature, which is 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) onomatopoeia, which is the creation of words that imitate natural sounds (buzz and hiss are examples of onomatopoeia)
c) oxymoron, which is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as the phrase “jumbo shrimp” “virtual reality”)
e) pun, which is a play on words that uses the similarity in sound between two words with distinctly different meanings

2. The irony in the first cartoon: The turkey is looking forward to the day after Thanksgiving and plans to go shopping all day; instead she will be Thanksgiving dinner and therefore will not be around to take part in the tradition of Black Friday shopping.