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This cartoon uses hyperbole (exaggeration) to comment on the shortage of flu vaccine doses in the United States. The U.S. distributors to offer the limited number of vaccines available at inflated prices. Study the cartoon, and answer the questions on a separate sheet of paper.

1. What national concern is being addressed in the cartoon?

2. What does the woman in the cartoon think her husband is doing? Why might she think this?

3. Do you think the cartoonist really believes that people will buy and sell flu vaccines over the Internet? Explain.

4. What comment is the cartoonist making about our society?

5. Do you think the cartoonist is sympathetic to the couple's dilemma? Explain.

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ANSWER

1. The shortage of flu vaccine in the U.S.

2. Seeing that her husband is logged on to eBay, an online auction site, she assumes he is still bidding on a valuable baseball.

3. Answers will vary.

4. Answers will vary.

5. Answers will vary. Students might say that because influenza can be a deadly virus, the cartoonist sympathizes with people who are forced to rely on unusual methods to acquire the vaccine.
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Title Annotation:News Skills
Publication:Junior Scholastic
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 15, 2004
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