cartoon multiple-choice questions require that one carefully read
each aspect of the cartoon, including labels and captions.
It is also very important to note different types
of symbolism. For example, Uncle Sam represents the United States;
an elephant usually represents the Republican Party; and a donkey
can represent the Democratic Party.
A cartoon that includes examples of symbolism is
Republicans (Elephant); American Public (Uncle Sam); Democrats
After looking for all of these clues, put them together and try
to make sense of it. You should ask yourself, What is the
Regardless of content, the same strategy holds true
for all political cartoon multiple-choice questions:
A sample political cartoon multiple-choice question from the June
2001 U.S. History and Government Regents Exam follows:
- View the political cartoon, paying particular attention to
symbols, captions, and labels.
- Read the question asked.
- Read each possible answer choice.
- Review the political cartoon, looking for matches between
one of the answers and the data presented.
- Select the best answer based on your analysis
Base your answer to the sample question on the cartoon
below and on your knowledge of social studies.
According to the cartoon,
how was the United States in the 1990s similar to the
United States in the 1890s?