1. Someone who started sobbing while another was telling a joke would be an example of comic relief.
I think it is true because the one who is telling a joke is like a humorous scene which helps relieve the mood of a heavy scene (someone's sobbing, that means something terrible has happened)
2. "Oh, if only Cupid would make a strike." is an example of allusion.
I think it's True as the word "Cupid" refers to a character in Greek mythology.
Thanks for checking.
English - Ms. Sue, Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 4:28pm
I agree with your second answer, but not your first.
English - Dereck, Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 4:39pm
I don't quite understand still even after I read the definition from the website you gave me.
English - Ms. Sue, Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 4:43pm
Comic relief is a funny anecdote or scene in an otherwise somber situation. We sometimes see comic relief at funerals and memorial services. A eulogist may tell a humorous story about the deceased. People chuckle, remembering something good about the person.
English - Dereck, Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 5:08pm
But in #1, why isn't it a comic relief? Thanks.
English - Ms. Sue, Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 5:29pm
The person is sobbing, not laughing.
English - Dereck, Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 5:31pm
but the other is telling a joke
Still don't get it, sorry
English - Ms. Sue, Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 5:36pm
Sobbing is not the normal response for comedy relief.