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Reading a Cartoon: Nast's "Milk Tickets for Babies"

Apr 23 2012
Instructions
Cartoon, Milk Tickets for Babies, 1876, Thomas Nast

Published in 1876 in the book Robinson Crusoe's Money, this editorial cartoon by Thomas Nast comments on a controversial political issue in the antebellum U.S. What issue? Try learning what you can from the cartoon itself.

Look closely at the cartoon, and answer these questions about what you see.


  1. "This is ________ by the act of ________" say many of the captions in the cartoon. Only one word or phrase fills in the first blank more than once. Which word or phrase is it?
    A.

    Money

    B.

    Cow

    C.

    Milk

    D.

    Railroad stock


  2. "This is ________ by the act of ________" Only one word fills in the second blank more than once. Which word is it?
    A.

    Cannibals

    B.

    Artist

    C.

    Architect

    D.

    Congress


  3. What is the largest object in this cartoon?
    A.

    The milk ticket

    B.

    The rag baby

    C.

    The hand

    D.

    The "This is money" posters


  4. "Inflated Humpty Dumpty," says the band around the rag baby's waist. What does inflation refer to here?
    A.

    Economic inflation

    B.

    An inflated ego

    C.

    Puffed up with air