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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) 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


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.