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Question Bank in Communicative English Class-IX (Term 2)

SECTION-DLITERATURE (Poetry)

6 OH, I WISH ID LOOKED AFTER MY TEETH

By Pam Ayres
Summary dh rjg gSa vkSj ,d fe=k dh rjg gh mudk ;ku j[kuk pkfg,A
The poet was very stubborn and negligent of dental ij dfo;=kh feBkbZ ls dHkh vius dks cpk ugha ikbZ] mudk fojks/
hygiene during childhood. She was too careless and never
listened to the instructions of her mother. She was too
ugha dj ikbZA mlus mUgsa <s j lkjk isL V yxkdj [kwc mQij uhps
tempted by candies, lollies, sherbets and other sticky djosQ lkiQ j[kus dh ckn esa dksf'k'k dhA ijUrq cgqr nsj gks pqdh
sweets. Her mother cautioned her time and again that a Fkh vkS j nk r ks a dks gkfu igq p pq d h FkhA nk r ks a es a lM+ u vkS j
tooth is like a friend, and it should be looked after well.

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But the poet could not resist sweets. She tried to brush
[kks[kykiu gks x;k Fkk vkSj muesa yxkrkj e'khu ls Nsn djuk vkSj

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with up and down strokes, put lot of tooth paste on her Hkjuk 'kq: gks x;k FkkA vc izkS<+ voLFkk esa igqpdj dof;=kh dks

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teeth, but the damage was already done. Decay had given i'pkrki gqvk fd vc muosQ nkrksa dk lq/kj ugha gks ldrk vkSj

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way to cavities and eventually to drillings and fillings.
nq[knk;h batsD'ku yxokuk] nkrksa osQ MkDVj osQ ikl tkuk muosQ
Now during adulthood, the poet regrets but nothing can

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change the condition of her teeth. Painful injections and thou dk ,d fgLlk cu x;k gSA dof;=kh dks cgq r nq[ k vkSj

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visits to the dentist have become her routine. The poet vijk/ dh Hkkouk dk vkHkkl gksrk gS tc og Lej.k djrh gSa fd
feels so miserable and guilty over how she used to mock
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oSQls og viuh ek osQ cnlwjr vkSj udyh nkrksa dk ekkd mM+krh
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at her mothers ugly and false teeth. Now her condition is
no different. FkhaA vc mldh n'kk viuh ek osQ leku gh gSA
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lkjka'k Word-Meaning
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Spotted noticed Perils bad condition


dof;=kh cpiu esa cgqr ftn~nh yM+dh Fkh vkSj mlus vius
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Choppers (here) teeth Brittle hard but liable to


nkrksa dh fcYoqQy ijokg ugha dhA mlus nkrksa dh lqj{kk osQ ckjs esa break Flashed to move quickly Paving the way
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Creating easy circumstances Decay to rot


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viuh ek dh f'k{kk o vkns'kksa dh fcYoqQy ijokg ugha dh vkSj Murder (here) very difficult experience Despair
cgqr gh ykijokg jghA og gj rjg dh ehBh xksfy;k] ykSyhikWi] loss of hope Whine to utter a cry of pain
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'kjcr vkSj nkrksa esa fpidus okyh ehBh phksa [kkrh jgh] muls og Reckoning the action of calculating something
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Beckoning summoning
cgqr vkdf"kZr jghA eka us ckj&ckj psrkouh nh fd nkr ,d fe=k
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SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
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TEXTBOOK QUESTIONS (SOLVED)


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1. On the basis of your reading of the poem, complete the following table.
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Stages in the life of the poet Activities Consequences


(a) Youth eating toffees ______________________
________________________ ______________________
________________________ ______________________
________________________ ______________________
________________________ ______________________
(b) Adulthood ________________________ gazing at the
________________________ dentist in despair
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Ans : Stages in the life of the poet Activities Consequences
(a) Youth (i) eating toffees (i) Filling of the teeth.
(ii) eating sweet sticky food (ii) Pricking of conscience
(iii) eating gobstoppers (iii) Creating circumstances to have
(iv) licking lollipops cavities, caps and decay of
(v) eating liquorice teeth.
(vi) eating sherbet dabs (iv) Injections and drillings.
(vii) not brushing up-and-down
(b) Adulthood (i) Lying in old dentists chair (i) gazing at the dentist in despair
(ii) Looking intently at the nose (ii) drilling of her molar teeth
of the dentist in despair. (iii) realisation if she had looked
after her teeth properly.

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2. On the basis of your understanding of the poem, Ans : The poet used upward and downward strokes to
answer the following questions by ticking the correct brush her teeth. She used lot of toothpaste but all proved

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choice : in vain. She was not able to bite and eat properly. These

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(a) The title Oh, I wish Id looked after me teeth lines convey the poets regret and loss of valuable time,

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expresses ___________. when she could have cared for her teeth.
(b) Why did the poet go to the dentist? How could she

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(i) regret (ii) humour
(iii) longing (iv) pleasure have avoided it?
Ans : (iii) regret A
Ans : The poet had neglected her teeth. Decay, cavities
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had already appeared and there was no way the visit to the
(b) The conscience of the speaker pricks her as she
dentist could have been avoided. If she had not been so
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has ___________.
careless and stubborn in youth, this could have been
(i) been careless (ii) been ignorant
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avoided.
(iii) been fun loving (iv) been rude
(c) If you got a tooth, you got a friend. What do you
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Ans : (i) been careless


understand from the line?
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(c) The speaker says that she has paved the way for Ans : Friends stay with us through thick and thin.
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cavities and decay by ___________. They help us tide over our problems and share our joys.
(i) eating the wrong food and not brushing Similarly, our teeth are our permanent friends and we
(ii) not listening to her mother enjoy life through them.
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(iii) laughing at her mothers false teeth (d) With reference to the poem, how can you look after
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(iv) not listening to the dentist your teeth?


Ans : (i) eating the wrong food and not brushing
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Ans : We must avoid eating sweet sticky food nor


(d) The tone of the narrator is one of ________. gorge on too many sweets or candies. When we eat them
(i) joy (ii) nostalgia
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occasionally, we must brush immediately. Moreover, we


(iii) regret (iv) sorrow
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must also keep our will-power in check and resist them.


Ans : (iii) regret (e) Give an appropriate proverb that conveys the
3. Answer the following questions. meaning that this poem carries.
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(a) But up and down brushin Ans : The most appropriate proverb that comes to my
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And pokin and fussin mind after reading this poem is : Prevention is better than
Didnt seem worth the time I could bite cure. Had the poet followed it, she would not have to go
What do these lines convey? to a dentist.

MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS


Read the following extracts and answer the And the sweet sticky food,
following questions by choosing the most appropriate Oh, I wish Id looked after me teeth.
alternative from those given below : (a) Spotted means :
1. Oh, I wish Id looked after me teeth, (i) invented (ii) noticed
And spotted the perils beneath. (iii) thought (iv) discovered
All the toffees I chewed, (b) The poetic device used in these lines is :
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(i) Simile (ii) Irony (iii) a kind of sweet dish
(iii) Metaphor (iv) Alliteration (iv) a kind of childrens game
(c) The perils beneath in line 2 means : Ans : (a) (ii) (b) (i) (c) (ii)
(i) the danger of life 3. Oh I showed them the toothpaste all right,
(ii) causes of a disease I flashed it about late at night,
(iii) hidden serious condition But up-and-down brushin
(iv) taken care And pokin and fussin
Ans : (a) (ii) (b) (iv) (c) (iii) Didnt seem worth the time I could bite!
(a) Flashed here means
2. When I think of the lollies I licked, (i) occurrence of a sudden thought
And the liquorice all sorts I pricked,
(ii) moved in a particular direction
Sherbet dabs, big and little,
(iii) bright lights of traffic
All that had peanut brittle (iv) the light of a camera

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My conscience gets horribly pricked.
(b) Pokin and Fussin here means

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(a) The poetic device used in these lines is :
(i) Metaphor (ii) Alliteration (i) peeping in someones room

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(iii) Simile (iv) Irony (ii) making fun of someone

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(iii) being fussy about something
(b) Brittle here means : (iv) checking carefully

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(i) a sweet made from nuts and sugar
(c) For the poet, taking care of her teeth meant

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(ii) a bright coloured thing
(iii) hard but liable to break (i) being extra possessive
(iv) a small creamy toffee A(ii) wastage of time
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(iii) doing a worthwhile thing
(c) Sherbat dabs means :
(iv) setting up an example for others
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(i) perfumed powder
(ii) a kind of tiny sweet Ans : (a) (ii) (b) (iv) (c) (ii)
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NON-MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS


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Read the following extracts and answer the (a) What made the poet feel upset ?
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questions that follow : Ans. She was upset because she was sitting in a
1. I wish Id been more willin dentists chair and had to undergo the drilling of her teeth.
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When I had more teeth there than fillin (b) What did the dentist do to the poets teeth ?
To pass up gobstoppers.
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Ans. The dentist drilled the poets teeth and filled her
From respect to me choppers,
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And to buy something else with my shillin. cavities with a mixture of mercury and silver.
[CBSE 2010 (Term II)] (c) What does two amalgam mean ?
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(a) Name the poem and the poet : Ans. It means the mixture of mercury and silver.
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Ans. These lines have been taken from the poem Oh, 3. When I had more tooth there than fillin
I Wish Id Looked After My Teeth composed by Pam To pass the gobstoppers
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Ayres. (a) Explain the first line :


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(b) What is the poets wish ? Ans. The first line refers to the time when the poet had
Ans. The poetess wishes that she should have looked teeth and no cavities to be filled or otherwise. These were
after her teeth in her childhood. strong good teeth.
(c) What is the rhyme scheme of these lines ? (b) What does gobstopper mean ?
Ans. The rhyming scheme is aa bb. Ans. Gobstopper means a large, hard sweet.
2. So I lay in the old dentists chair, (c) Why did the poet eat it ?
And I gaze up his nose in despair, Ans. The poet in her youth had been very fond of
And his drill it do whine sweets. She was not far-sighted or strong-willed to forego
In these molars of mine the temptation of eating them. She did not visualise the
Two amalgum, hell say for in there.
dangers of cavities and painful teeth and gums.
[CBSE 2010 (Term II)]
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SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS
1. When I had more tooth there than fillin faced with the danger of losing them and a number of
To pass the gobstoppers painful cavities to deal with, she feels as if
(i) Explain the first line. the time to give accountability for her negligence had
(ii) What does gobstopper mean? come.
(iii) Why did the poet eat it? 5. Give an appropriate proverb that conveys the
Ans. (i) The first line refers to the time when the poet message that this poem gives. Relate the proverbs to
had teeth and no cavities to be filled or the poem.
otherwise. These were strong good teeth.
Or
(ii) Gobstopper means a large, hard sweet.
(iii) The poet in her youth had been very fond of Prevention is better than cure. Explain with
sweets. She was not far-sighted or strong- reference to the poem, Oh, I wish Id looked after my

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willed to forego the temptation of eating teeth. [CBSE 2010 (Term II)]

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them : She did not visualise the dangers of No use crying over spilt milk means you can
cavities and painful teeth and gums.

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achieve nothing by lamenting over the loss of something
2. All that hard peanut brittle which cannot be retrieved. The poet is now lamenting that

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My conscience gets horribly pricked. she should have taken good care of her teeth at the right

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(i) Why did the poet feel guilty? time and not succumbed to the tempetation of eating too

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(ii) What damage was caused by hard
many sticky sweets. She is forgetting that she cannot get
peanut?
Ans. The poet feels guilty when she thinks of all the A
her beautiful strong teeth back by regretting her mistakes.
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sweets she had sucked and enjoyed specially peanut brittle The message is that when the opportunity is there, we must
take it; once it is lost it cannot be retrieved. This holds
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which is a hard sweet made from nuts and sugar, which did
a lot of damage to her teeth. good in all situations.
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The hard peanut brittle damaged her teeth. Constant 6. What caused cavities in the teeth of the poetess?
[CBSE 2010 (Term II)]
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eating of this hard brittle sweet was not good for her teeth
which became weak with time. Or
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3. Why did the poet laugh at her mothers teeth? How is the poetess responsible for spoiling her
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Ans. The poet laughed at her mothers false teeth which teeth ? [CBSE 2010 (Term II)]
used to be kept in water. She was young irresponsible and The poet was very stubborn and negligent of dental
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quite ignorant of the importance of a good denture in ones hygiene during childhood. She was careless and never lis-
life. To her it looked funny. But now finding herself in the
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tened to the instructions of her mother. She was too


same situation she realises their importance.
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tempted by lollies, candies, sherbets and other sticky


4. What is reckoning' time for the poet? Can it be
sweets. Her mother cautioned her time and again that a
helped now?
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tooth is like a friend, and it should be looked after well.


Ans. Reckoning means making amends for ones
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But the poet could not resist sweets and thus spoiled her
mistakes. The poet neglected her teeth. Now when she
teeth.
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LONG ANSWER QUESTIONS


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1. The poet laughed at her mothers false teeth. cavities filled with amalgam and so on.
Now her fate is no less different. Discuss the irony 2. What precautions should be taken to undertake
inherent in this situation, giving evidence of the dental care? What is the poets regret?
problems the poet would face in future. Ans. Childhood is a period of fancies, gorging on tasty
Ans. The irony concealed in the situation is that food and it is very difficult to avoid temptation. Sherbets,
having laughed at her mothers false teeth she is now faced candies, lollies appear in all hues and tastes and they are
with the same situation. She is having serious problems enough to tickle the palette and send the taste-buds racing.
painful cavities, the need to visit a dentist, lying in his Children are specially very susceptible to temptations and
chair undergoing large painful hours of medication, the they are very impulsive as far as food is concerned.
tedious process of drilling, getting infections, getting the Parents and other elderly people keep advising

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youngsters but they do not pay any heed. The poets Or
mother was very perceptive when she told the poet that our What is the poets greatest regret in the poem, Oh,
teeth are our best friends, since it is through them that we I wish Id looked after my teeth ?
enjoy all the best things of life. The poet never bothered to What were the various problems she was
use a proper toothbrush or rinse her mouth after every confronted with ? Answer in about 150 words.
meal. She suffered from weak will-power and could not
[CBSE 2010 (Term I)]
resist sweet sticky food. After teeth have given way to
decay, no amount of up and down strokes help, nor does a The problems that the poet is facing as a conse-
new toothbrush perform any miracle. The poets greatest quence of neglecting her teeth and rather harming them by
regret is that she cannot put the clock back as the damage eating a lot of lollies, liquorice, sherbet, dabs and peanut
cannot be undone. brittle are cavities, caps, deterioration of teeth, fillings,
So dental hygiene is one of the most important hygiene infections and drillings. She has to lie in the dentists chair
and it should never be neglected or given secondary looking at his nose in despair and undergoing the elaborate

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importance. treatment of his drilling her molar teeth, getting the cavi-
ties filled with a mixture of mercury and silver known as

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3. What are the problems faced by the poet after amalgam.

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she neglected her teeth ?

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FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT R
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(A) WRITING
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Design a poster creating awareness regarding dental health and hygiene.


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(B) CONVERSATION SKILLS


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There are many health hazards that your parents tell you to avoid. Most of the times, you do not pay any heed.
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 Discuss some of them with your neighbour.


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 Share with others.


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(C) VISIT
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Arrange for a Dental Surgeons visit to your school.

 Listen to his suggestions/instructions


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 Write some of them in your note book

 Take a resolution to follow them

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