Trick or Treat

Friday's Editorial Cartoon   —   Posted on October 28, 2016

Question(s)

1. Tone is the attitude a cartoonist takes towards a subject. Which pair of words best describes the tone of this cartoon?
a) apathetic/indifferent
b) solemn/serious
c) angry/critical
d) sarcastic/humorous
a) respectful/admiring

2. Which comic device does the cartoonist use to make his point? Explain your answer.
a) pun
b) parody
c) personification
d) irony
e) caricature

CHALLENGE: Describe the pay-to-play scandal involving million dollar foreign donations to the Clinton Family Foundation.

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

Cartoon by Lisa Benson
























Answer(s)

1. d) sarcastic/humorous

2. d) irony – when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs; you expect the third child with the Hillary Clinton costume to say “I got a candybar” or some other usual Halloween treat. Instead, she gets a $12 million donation, referencing Hillary Clinton’s pay-to-play scandal.

The cartoonist did not use:

a) pun, which is a “play on words” – a type of humor using a word or phrase that has two meanings

b) parody – known by also as a spin-off or spoof, a parody is an imitation of another’s work, usually in a humorous way to poke fun at the original work. Usually, for a better effect, a parody makes fun of a famous or well-known piece of work, so the audience has a better chance of recognizing the original.

c) personification, which is a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to an abstract quality, animal, or inanimate object.

e) 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.