The First Tooth Questions & Answers

Hi Everyone!! This article will share The First Tooth Questions & Answers.

This poem is written by Charles and Mary Lamb, a brother-and-sister pair. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions & answers of Exploring an Underwater World, Keep a Poem in Your Pocket and Fire in the Stables so, you can check these posts as well.

The First Tooth Questions & Answers

Word Galaxy

  • Infant – baby
  • Double row – rows of teeth in the upper and lower jaws
  • Preferred – favoured
  • Mimic motion – imitate movement
  • Advancing – moving forward
  • Prized – valued high

Question 1: Write True or False:

1. Everyone in the house is happy – False
2. The infant is a girl – False
3. The infant’s sister is feeling jealous – True
4. The baby boy has begun to make sounds – True
5. The sister knows many words – True

Question 2: What is the poem about?

Answer: This poem is about an infant.

Question 3: How old do you think the two children might be?

Answer: The infant might be a few months old and the girl might be around three years old.

Question 4: Who likes all the actions of the infant?

Answer: The parents like all the actions of the infant.

Question 5: Why is the sister not sharing in the joy of the baby brother’s actions?

Answer: The sister is not sharing in the joy of the baby brother’s actions because she is jealous of the love and attention the baby gets.

Question 6: Read the lines and answer the questions:

1. “Has a tiny tooth to show!
I have got a double row.”

(a) Who has got a tiny tooth?

Answer: The infant has got a tiny tooth.

(b) Who is ‘I’?

Answer: ‘I’ refers to the infant’s elder sister.

(c) What does a double row mean?

Answer: A double row means she has teeth on both the jaws in her mouth.

2. “He can say but half a word
Yet that single sound’s preferred.”

(a) Who is he?

Answer: He is the infant boy.

(b) Why can he only say half a word?

Answer: He is too small and is just learning to make sounds.

(c) Who prefers his single sound?

Answer: His parents prefer even a single sound he makes.

3. “As if he thought he were advancing,
It’s prized more than my best dancing.”

(a) What is he advancing?

Answer: Here advancing means ‘moving forward’.

(b) Who dances well?

Answer: The sister dances well.

(c) Why is his advancing prized more than the best dancing?

Answer: His advancing is prized more than the best dancing because his mimicking of the first step shows that he would soon walk independently.

Question 7: Why is the little boy’s sister jealous of her baby brother?

Answer: The little boy’s sister is jealous of her baby brother because she feels ignored. Her parents give full attention to all his acts and neglect her desires of a similar appreciation.

Question 8: Who is responsible for her feelings; the baby or the family? What do you think they should do to stop her from feeling jealous?

Answer: The family is responsible for her feelings. They should appreciate her as much as they appreciate the baby. They should listen to her, praise her dancing skills and make her feel loved.

So, these were Questions & Answers.

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