Presidents Day Reading Comprehension

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George Washington's Teeth

All his life George Washington had problems with his teeth. By the time he became the first president when he was 57 years old, he had only one tooth.

Why were his teeth so bad? Some say it was because he cracked nuts with his teeth. Or it may have been from the drugs they used back then to treat sick children. Those drugs sometimes made teeth rot.

Washington had many sets of false teeth. There is a legend that his teeth were made of wood. That is not true. The teeth made for President Washington were made of horse and donkey teeth. They also had bits of hippopotamus and elephant ivory in them. The teeth were held together by gold springs.

Tooth problems changed the shape of Washington's mouth and often caused him pain. Some say that in pictures of George Washington, including the one on the $1 bill, his face shows that he is uncomfortable. What do you think?



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How old was Washington when he became president?
30
45
57
57 How many of his own teeth did Washington have when he became president?
none
1
6
1 What were Washington's false teeth made of?
hippopotamus ivory
wood
silver
hippopotamus ivory George Washington's teeth were made of wood.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False George Washington's teeth were held together by silver springs.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False Exactly how many sets of false teeth did Washington have?
3
10
It doesn't say in the story.
It doesn't say in the story. Donkeys' teeth were sometimes used to make Washington's false teeth.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
True What is the most likely cause of Washington's bad teeth?
not enough brushing
too much candy
drugs used to treat childhood illnesses
drugs used to treat childhood illnesses Why does George Washington's mouth sometimes look an odd shape?
tooth problems
He's chewing tobacco.
He's always in a bad mood and frowning.
tooth problems

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