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1. Tone is the attitude a cartoonist takes toward a subject. Which pair of words best describes the tone of this cartoon?
a) cynical/scornful
b) indifferent/apathetic
c) solemn/serious
d) sarcastic/humorous

2. Which comic device do you think cartoonist Glenn McCoy uses to illustrate his main idea?
a) pun
b) parody
c) irony
d) hyperbole

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Cartoon by Glenn McCoy


1. d) sarcastic/humorous

2. c) irony – when the opposite of what you expect to happen occurs.
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) pun: a “play on words” – a type of humor using a word or phrase that has two meanings
b) parody: a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing; a work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule