O I Wish I Had Looked after Me Teeth (Extra Qu.)

                         O I WISH I HAD LOOKED AFTER ME TEETH

LITERARY DEVICES
Alliteration : The poet makes use of alliteration to enhance the lyrical effect of the poem.
e.g.(a) And the sweet sticky food    
(b) When I think of the blues I licked
(c) To cavities, cap, and decay            
(d) In these molars of mine.

Images : An image is often described as a mental picture. In this poem, the poet makes use of images to enhance the pictorial quality of the poem.
e.g.(a) But up-and-down brushing  And poking’ and fussin’    
(b) And his drill it do whine  In these molars of mine
(c) And they foamed in the waters beneath.
    
TEXTUAL SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS (30-40 words each)
“… But up-and-down brush in’    And pokin’s and fussin’    
Didn’t seem worth the time-I could bite !”
Q. 1. What do these lines convey?
Ans. These lines convey that one should brush one’s teeth in a right mannet One should brush them by moving the brush, having paste on it, up and down. One should take care of one’s teeth by spending some time in cleaning them. The poet regrets that she did not think it worthwhile to spend sometime in cleaning her teeth. This neglect of her teeth has landed her in the dentist’s clinic.

Q.2.Why did the poet go to the dentist ?
Ans.The poet had neglected the care of her teeth. She had been eating a lot of toffees and candies. Also, she did not brush her teeth in the right manner. So she developed many cavities beneath her teeth. Consequently, she had to go to the dentist for treatment.
Q.3. ‘If you got a tooth, you got a friend’. What do you understand from the line?
Ans. If we have good teeth, we can chew our food properly and enjoy it. If we eat healthy and nutritious food, we will become strong, healthy and active. We will develop strong immunity to diseases and will not fall ill easily. So the tooth is our good friend.
Q.4. With reference to the poem, how can you look after your teeth ?
Ans. We can look after our teeth by not eating toffees, sweets, candies and blues. We should eat the right kind of food. Also we should brush our teeth properly and carefully. We should spend some time in cleaning them. We should brush our teeth by moving the brush up and down on our teeth.
Q.5. Give an appropriate proverb that conveys the message that this poem carries.
Ans. Healthy teeth promise a robust life.

ADDITIONAL SHORT ANSWER     (30-40 words each)
Q.1. What caused cavities in the poet’s teeth?
Ans.She used to eat a lot of toffees, blues, candies and sweet, sticky food. Also she did not brush her teeth properly and carefully. She did not consider it worthwhile to spend some time in cleaning her teeth. She did not brush her teeth by moving the brush up and down. All this caused cavities in the poet’s teeth.

Q.2. On what should the poet have spent her money ?
Ans. The poet should have spent her money on the right kind of food. She should have spent money on healthy and nutritious food that would have made her teeth strong and healthy. She should not have wasted her money on buying toffees, lollies, candies and sweet sticky food.
Q.3. Why does the conscience of the poet prick her ?
Ans. The conscience of the poet pricks her because she had been eating wrong kind of food. She had been eating toffees, lollies and candies and sweet sticky food. This kind of food caused cavities in her teeth. She had to bear painful injections and the pain of the dentist’s drill. Thus she feels guilty.
Q.4. What did the poet do with her cavities in her teeth P
Ans. She went to the dentist for treatment. She wanted to get the cavities filled medically. She had to get the painful injections. She had to sit in the dentist’s chair and bear the pain of the dentist’s drill. She regretted that she had not looked after her teeth.
Q.5. What signal did her mother’s false teeth give to the poet ?
Ans. Her mother’s false teeth gave her a signal that if she did not take care of her teeth, she, too, would have to get the false teeth for herself. She had neglected the care of her teeth. She developed many cavities in her teeth. She was likely to lose some teeth. So she thought that her mother’s false teeth gave a sort of warning to her.

Q.6. What message does the poet want to convey to children in his poem ‘Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth’ ? Support your answer with reference to the following lines
“How I laughed at my mother’s false teeth,    
As they foamed in the waters beneath.
But now comes the reckonin’    
It’s me they are beckonin’
Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth. ”
Ans. The poet regrets that she had not taken care of her teeth during her childhood. She conveys a message to the children that they should inculcate in themselves a good sense of dental hygiene. She regrets that she harmed her teeth by neglecting their care. Due to the neglect of her teeth, she developed many cavities beneath her teeth. It happened because she had been eating a lot of toffees and sweet sticky food. Now, she realizes that she should not have eaten sweets and hard candies. She feels guilty that she had been eating lollies, candies and tiny sweets. Her conscience pricks her because she had been eating wrong food. The poet regrets that she did not brush her teeth properly. She did not brush her teeth by moving brush up and down. She did not consider it worthwhile to spend sometime in cleaning her teeth. Consequently, the poet had to go to the dentist for treatment.

Qu.7- Why does the poet wish she had taken better care of her teeth?
Ans.The poet wishes that  she should have taken better care of her teeth and wouldn’t  have to face any dangers beneath her teeth. She wouldn’t  have eaten sticky food and chewed toffees.
Qu.8- What caused perils/decay beneath the poet’s teeth?
Ans.- The poet used to chew a lot of  toffees and sweet sticky food, which caused perils beneath the poets teeth.
Qu.9- What is the present scene inside the poet’s mouth?
Ans.- The poets teeth are eaten up by cavities. Most of her teeth are filled with amalgam.  The poet now wishes if she were equally willing to give up gobstoppers as to avoid filling. Why was she not able to resist her love for gobstoppers?
Qu.10- Why does the poet feel her conscience horribly pricked?
Ans.- Having almost all her teeth lost or filled and having gone through the extreme pain of drillings and fillings and having now to wait for her turn at the old dentist’s clinic, the poet feels guilty of her reckless greed for sweet food in the past.
Qu.11- What were responsible for the poet’s present state of pain and sufferings and guilt feelings?
Ans.The poet’s irresistible love for a number of lollies, liquorices, sherbets and peanut brittles was responsible for her present sufferings and guilt.
Qu.12- Whom did the poet show the toothpaste? What does ‘show’ here mean?
Ans.The poet, as a child, showed her teeth a brush of toothpaste. Show here means that the poet was in a hurry to brush because she was unwilling. She did brush only to please her parents, so, for her, brushing was done in a flash of time.
Qu.13- What did the poet flash about late at night? Why was it done late at night?
Ans.The poet flashed her toothbrush across her teeth. Brushing was done late at night because she had always been unwilling to brush and the last thing that she ever did was brushing.
Qu.14- What does poking and fussing mean?
Ans.Poking and fussing refer to the inspection of the poet’s teeth done by her mother each night. The poet had to get her teeth inspected by her mother and the mother would then blame her for the bad brushing and decays that developed.
Qu.15- How did the poet pave the way for cavities in her teeth?
Ans.The poet paved way for cavities in her teeth by eating a large amount of sweets, gobstoppers, lollies and by not brushing her teeth properly.
Qu.16- Pick out the three expressions that add fear to the poet. How?
Ans.“Old dentist,” “his drill it to whine,” and “two amalgam for in there.” Old dentist is one who doesn’t generally treat with sympathy so would be rash.
Qu.17- What is the reckoning that comes to the poet?
Who are they that beckon the poet at present? How does the poet react to this beckoning?
Qu.18- “If you got a tooth , you got a friend” What do you understand from this line?
Ans.If we have good teeth , we can chew our food properly and enjoy it. If we eat healthy and nutritious food we will become strong healthy and active. We will develop strong immunity to diseases and will not fall sick easily. So tooth is our good friends.
Qu.19- With reference to the poem how can you look after your teeth?
Ans.- We can look after our teeth by not eating toffees, sweets, candies and lollies. We should eat the right kind if food. Also we should brush our teeth properly and carefully. We should spend some time in cleaning them.
Qu.20. On what should the poet have  spend her money?
Ans- The poet should have spent her money on the right kind of food. She should not have wasted her money in buying  useless things like toffees, lollies, candies and stickey food.
Qu.21- Why was the narrator regretting for not taking care of her teeh/
Ans.- She had to go to the dentist for treatment, she had to get the painful injections, she had to sit in the dentist’s chair and bear the pain of his drill. That’s why she regrets for not taking care of her teeth.
Qu.22- What signal did her mother’s false teeth give to the poet?
Ans.- Her mother’s false teeth gave her a signal that if she did not take care of her teeth she too would have to get the false teeth for herself. So she thought that her mother’s false teeth were the signal for her future.
Qu.23- What message does the poet want to convey to the children through this poem?
Ans.-  The  poet conveys a message that they should inculcate in themselves a good sense of dental hygiene. She regrets that she harmed her teeth by neglecting their care consequently she had to go to the dentist. She warns children that it may happen with all who do not take care of their teeth may fall in the same situation.
Qu.24  Give some examples of Alliteration in the poem.
Ans.-      
a.and the sweet sticky food.
b.When I think of the lollies that I licked.
c.To cavities, can and decay.
d.In these molars of mine.
Q.25. Parents alone are responsible for inculcating a good sense of dental hygiene amongst children. Do you agree/disagree?  
Ans. Parents are responsible for inculcating a good sense of dental hygiene amongst their children. They should themselves brush their teeth after every meal regularly. They should avoid eating too many sweets and chocolates. Children are sure to follow them.
Q.26. Study the title of the poem ‘Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth’. Is there anything unusual about it ? Explain its significance.
Ans. The use of ‘Me’ in place of ‘My’ is unusual. The poet is not in possession of her teeth, rather her teeth now possess her.
Q.27. What kind of feeling is projected by the title of the poem ?
Ans. The title reveals the feeling of regret on the part of the poet.
Q.28.  Name three tasks a dentist often does.
Ans(I) extracts a tooth (ii) fills a cavity (iii) polishes teeth
 Q.29. The following idioms are relevant to the poem. Use them in your own sentences.
(i) A stitch in time saves nine.    (ii) It’s no use crying over spilt milk.    (iii) Better late than never.
Ans. (i) There was a minor fault. Had you got it rectified earlier, you would not have to spend so much on the repair of your car. Remember, a stitch in time saves nine.                                                                                                                  (ii) You paid no heed to my warnings and lost everything. Why are you complaining now ? It’s no use crying over spilt milk.                                                                                                                                         (iii) I am happy that at last you have begun to take care of your teeth. It is rightly said ‘better late than never’.

Q.30. What would you suggest for good oral hygiene?
Ans. (I) brushing teeth regularly by rotating toothbrush up and down. (II) flossing the teeth  (III)avoiding eating sweets and sticky things (iv) going to the dentist for a regular check- up

Extract absed questions-
Read the extracts and answer the following questions,
1. “Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth,
And spotted the perils beneath,
All the toffees I chewed
And the sweet sticky food Oh,
I wish I’d looked after me teeth”

(a) How did the speaker harm her teeth?
AnsThe speaker harmed her teeth by eating toffees and sticky food.

(b) What is the speaker’s regret?
Ans. The speaker regrets for not taking care of her teeth.

(c) Point out the poetic device used in the fourth line.
Ans.It is ‘repetition’.

2.“I wish I’d been that much more willin’
When 1 had more tooth there than film’.
To pass up gobstoppers.
From respect to my choppers,
And to buy something else with me shillin.”
(a) What did the poet notice beneath her teeth ?
Ans.- The poet noticed cavities beneath her teeth.

(b) What does the word ‘gobstoppers’ mean?
Ans. It means a large, hard sweet.

(c) What Is the rhyme scheme of the stanza?
Ans. aa, bba.

3.“When I think of the blues I licked,
And the liquorice all sorts I picked ,
Sherbet dabs, big and little
All that hard peanut brittle
My conscience gets terribly pricked. ”
(a) Why does the conscience of the poet prick her?
Ans.– The poet’s conscience pricks her because

(b) What is the figure of speech used the first line?
Ans.- It is alliteration.

(c) What do the words ‘Sherbet dabs’ mean?
Ans.-  They mean tiny sweets.

4.“she had been neglecting her teeth.
Oh ! I showed then the tooth paste all right
I flashed it about late at night
But up-and-down brushing And pokin’ and fussin
Didn’t seem worth the time—I could bite! ”
(a)What did the poet not consider worthwhile to do?
Ans.- The poet did not consider it worthwhile to spend some time in cleaning her teeth

(b) How did the poet harm her teeth ?
Ans.- The poet harmed her teeth because she did not brush her teeth by moving the brush up and down.

(c) What is the figure of speech used in the second line?
 Ans.- It is alliteration.

5.“If I’d known, I was paving the way
To cavity, caps, and decay
The murder of fillins Injections and drilling’s
I’d have thrown all me sherbet away”
(a) Why did the poet develop cavities in her teeth?
Ans.- The poet developed cavities in her teeth because she had been eating too much sweets, lollies and toffees, etc.

(b) Which poetic device does the poet use in the second line?
Ans.- It is alliteration.

(c) The speaker went to the dentist for treatment. What had she to bear there?
Ans.-   She had to bear injections and dentist’s drill.

6.“So I lay in the old dentist’s chair
And I gaze up his nose in despair
And his drill it do whine In these molars of mine
“Two amalgam,” he’ll say, “for in there”.”
(a) Why did the speaker go to the dentist?
Ans.- The speaker went to the dentist to get her cavities filled medically.

(b) How did the speaker feel in the dentist’s chair?
Ans.- She felt a deep sense of despair in the dentist’s chair.

(c) What is the rhyme scheme of the poem?
 Ans.- aa, bba.

7.“How I laughed at my mother’s false teeth As they foamed in the waters beneath But now comes the reckon in’ It’s me they are beckonin’ Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth. ”

(a) What does ‘I’ in the first line refer to?
Ans.-  ‘I’ here refers to the poet.

(b) Who did the poet laugh at?
Ans.- The author laughed at her mother’s false teeth.

(c) How many times does the poet repeat the following line in the poem? “Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth.”
Ans.- The poet repeats this line thrice in this poem.