Sewer King Questions


Analysis of Political Cartoons Worksheet

Death’s Dispensary Cartoon  (published in Punch Magazine (London) 1866)

1. What is the message of the above cartoon? Do not merely describe the cartoon rather give the author’s message…what does he/she want to say?

2.Who is the audience? Why do you think so?

3. What is a persuasive technique(s) that the author/artist is using to get his point across? (See the “Analysis of Political Cartoons Worksheet” above)

4. Is this an accurate description/illustration of what was happening at the time? Why or why not?

5. What are the value and limitations of this political cartoon as a source for historians studying the effects of urbanization in mid-19th century London? (Remember to use origin and purpose of the cartoon to answer this)