NCERT Solutions class-9 English Comm P CH06 Oh I Wish Id Looked After Me Teeth

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Page No: 85

3. On the basis of your reading of the poem, complete the following table.

Stages in the life of the poet
(a) Youth
Activities

eating toffees

______
______
______
______

Consequences

______
______
______
______

(b) Adulthood______
______
______
gazing at the dentist in despair.

Ans:

Stages in the life of the poet
(a) Youth
Activities

eating toffees
chewing sweet sticky food
picking and licking lollies and candies, eating large and small sherbet dabs.
______

Consequences

Paving way to cavities, caps and decay.
______
______
______

(b) AdulthoodGoing to the dentist due to tooth decay, amalgamation, drilling and fillings.gazing at the dentist in despair.

 


Page No: 86

4. On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions by ticking the correct choice.
(a) The title ‘Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth’ expresses ______.
(i) regret
(ii) humour
(iii) longing
(iv) pleasure

Ans: (i) regret

(b) The conscience of the speaker pricks her as she has ______.
(i) been careless
(ii) been ignorant
(iii) been fun loving
(iv) been rude

Ans: (i) been careless

(c) The speaker says that she has paved the way for cavities and decay by ______.
(i) eating the wrong food and not brushing
(ii) not listening to his mother
(iii) laughing at his mother’s false teeth
(iv) not listening to the dentist

Ans: (i) eating the wrong food and not brushing

(d) The tone of the narrator is one of ______.
(i) joy
(ii) nostalgia
(iii) regret
(iv) sorrow

Ans: (iii) regret


5. Answer the following questions.

(a) “… But up anddown brushin
And pokinand fussin
Didn’t seem worth the timeI could bite!”
What do these lines convey?

Ans: These lines shows that the poet not realise the importance of regular brushing and proper hygiene, when she was child. She did not care for her teeth daily. She thought it was useless and worthless to clean her teeth after eating anything.

(b) Why did the poet go to the dentist? How could she have avoided it?
Ans:
The poet went to the dentist to get her teeth examined. She had developed cavities in her teeth due to unhealthy eating habits and irregular brushing of teeth.
She could have avoided it if she had taken proper care of her teeth by brushing them properly and regularly.

(c) “If you got a tooth,you got a friend.” What do you understand from the line?
Ans:
A tooth is like a friend. As a lost friend can never be regained, a lost tooth can never grows again. It cannot be regained or made naturally.

(d) With reference to the poem, how can you look after your teeth?
Ans: (i)
Brushing proper twice a day.
(ii) Rinsing after each meal, avoiding sweet and sticky food for better oral hygiene.
(iii) Regular dental checkup to maintain healthy teeth.

(e) Given an appropriate proverb that conveys the message that this poem carries.
Ans:
Appropriate proverb that conveys the message that this poem carried is “Prevention is better than cure.”





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