In America, politics is often thought to be more based on personalities than policies and party unity. This was probably more true in the 2000 campaign when the Republican Party played on Al Gore’s surname, tagging him ‘Al Bore’. Likewise, the Democrats retaliated by digging up political dirt on George W. Bush’s past business life playing on the fact of whether a man with Bush’s alleged background in business and earlier lifestyle problems could make a trusted national leader.
41 Which word best describes the Republican Party’s characterisation of Al Gore in the 2000 election campaign? (a) Threat (b) Untruth (c) Compliment (d) Caricature (e) Likeness
(a) INCORRECT. The nature of the description, and the way in which it was used,
does not appear threatening.
(b) INCORRECT. The implication is that the image portrayed was an exaggeration, not a complete untruth.
(d) CORRECT. A caricature is a depiction of someone that makes part of their character or appearance more noticeable than it really is, usually to make them look silly.
(e) INCORRECT. Whilst there may be elements of truth in the caricature, the description in itself is very limited and cannot be said to provide a good overall likeness.
I accept (d) as a possible answer, but why are (a) and (b) wrong?
(a): If I call someone boring, then I'm threatening his image?
(b): How does the passage alone confirm this as an exaggeration, and not an untruth?
Source: p 125, Mastering the National Admissions Test for Law, Mark Shepherd