NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Book Chapter 1 A Letter to God Important Questions
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Important Question for CBSE Class 10 English First Flight Book Chapter 1 A Letter to God
Class 10 English A Letter to God MCQs 1 Marks
A. The house- the only one in the entire valley -sat on the crest of a low hill. From this height one could see the river and the field of ripe corn dotted with the flowers that always promised a good harvest. The only thing the earth needed was a good downpour or at least a shower. Throughout the morning Lencho -who knew his fields intimately- had done nothing but see the sky towards the north-east.
1. Based on the detail of the house’s location, how can it best be described?
2. The field of corn dotted with flowers means that
a) not a single flower was bigger than a dot
b) the flowers were scattered across.
c) the flowers were in shaped like dots.
d) the flowers had shrunk in size.
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3. Lencho wished for a downpour or a heavy shower. Pick the option that correctly lists the correct match for kinds of rain.
|1||Heavy rain||i||Light rain that falls in very fine drops|
|2||thunderstorm||ii||Very heavy rain, tropical rain|
|3||drizzle||iii||It’s coming down quite strong and you get very wet very quickly|
|4||Torrential rain||iv||Really heavy rain that comes very suddenly|
|5||downpour||v||Is a violent, short-lived weather disturbance Associated with lightning, thunder and strong, gusty winds|
4. Based on the given extract, what is Lencho NOT likely to think while looking at his field?
a) Option (i)
b) Option (ii)
c) Option (iii)
d) Option (iv)
5. Which quote supports the idea in the given extract?
a) “Farming is a profession of hope.”
b) “I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.”
c) “Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”
d) “Those too lazy to plough in the right season will have no food at the harvest.”
B. When he finished, he went to the window to buy a stamp which he licked and then affixed to the envelope with a blow of his fist. The moment the letter fell into the mailbox the postmaster went to open it. It said: “God: Of the money that I asked for, only seventy pesos reached me. Send me the rest, since I need it very much. But don’t send it to me through the mail because the post office employees are a bunch of crooks. Lencho.”
1. ‘…bunch of crooks.’ Pick the option that DOES NOT collate with ‘bunch of’, correctly.
a) option (i)
b) option (ii)
c) option (iii)
d) option (iv)
2. What was the most likely response that the postmaster expected in Lencho’s second letter?
|a) ii and v|
|b) i and iii|
|c) ii and iv|
|d) iii and v|
3. Pick the option that lists the option corresponding to—’with a blow of his fist.’
a) Option (i)
b) Option (ii)
c) Option (iii)
d) Option (iv)
4. Lencho’s letter included
a) details of his problems.
b) description of the post office.
c) belief of being looted.
d) List of further demands.
5. Pick the most suitable quote for this extract.
a) “It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain
b) “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”- Confucius
c) “You see a person’s true colours when you are no longer beneficial to their life.”- anonymous
d) “True generosity means accepting ingratitude.” – Coco Chanel
Class 10 English A Letter to God 2 Marks Questions – 20 to 30 words
Q. People get support from family and friends during bad times. How does Lencho’s family behave after the harvest is ruined?
A. Lencho’s family is courageous. Despite losing the entire crop to the hailstorm, they retain their faith in God. They believe that no one dies of hunger and so, God will surely help them.
Q. ‘Lencho was an ox of a man, working like an animal in the fields, but still he knew how to write.’ What does this line tell us about the norm amongst
such farmers, then?
A. Lencho was an extremely hard working farmer. Unlike the other farmers, he was literate and knew how to write. He decided to write a letter to God, seeking help from him.
Q. What, according to you would have been the likely reaction of Lencho’s wife upon knowing about him writing an actual letter to God.’
A. Lencho’s wife would not have supported his idea. She would have preferred praying to God as a way to seek help. The woman would not have had such blind faith as to think that she could send a mail to God.
Q. Lencho waited eagerly for a reply to his letter to God. Do you think the postmaster was also very keen to know Lencho’s reaction upon receiving the ‘reply’?
A. Yes, The postmaster was keen to know Lencho’s reaction. As soon as Lencho mailed the second letter, he opened the envelope to read it.
Q. What were Lencho’s feelings when he found the letter with money in it? What did he do after opening the letter?
A. Lencho was so confident that he did not show any surprise on seeing the letter. Later, when he counted the money, he became angry because it was less than the amount that he had asked for.
Q. Why would you not agree with Lencho calling them ‘a bunch of crooks’?
A. Lencho was not at all justified in calling them ‘a bunch of crooks’. The postmaster and the staff at the post office had collected money for him. They tried to gather the maximum amount for him.
Q. How did Lencho’s hope change to despair?
A. Lencho had hoped for rain which would provide a better harvest of the crop in his field. When the rain turned into a hailstorm, his hope changed into despair because the hailstorm would destroy his crop.
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Class 10 English A Letter to God 3 Marks Questions – 40 to 50 words
Q. ‘The field was white, as if covered with salt.’ This is how the field is described after the hailstorm. The pelting hailstones could have been easily seen as sugar cubes. Do you think comparing it with sugar would have been more appropriate? Why/ Why not?
A. The writer compares the hailstones to salt. This comparison is better because when salt gets damp, it gains weight and settles down just like the hailstones did. On the other hand, sugar cubes would have melted in the water and the colour would not remain visible for long.
Q. Lencho and his family knew the implications the hailstorm would have on their lives. Write a conversation between Lencho and his wife as they watched the downpour turn to a hailstorm.
A. Lencho: Oh God! There is a hailstorm. Our crop will get destroyed.
Wife: Hurry up! Do something. Cover the field with the net.
Lencho: It is too late now. The field is covered with hailstones now. The entire corn is destroyed. We have nothing to eat.
Wife: Don’t worry, God is there. No one dies of hunger.
Q. Lencho did not bother exploring any other means to resolve his situation but just turned to God. Do you feel that his approach was justified? Why/Why not?
A. Value points –
Not justified – blind faith in God – but God helps those who help themselves – should have made efforts to solve his problem – writing a letter to God is no resolution to a problem.
Q. Why did Lencho write a letter to God?
A. The hailstorm had destroyed Lencho’s crop. He was left with neither money nor food. They would remain hungry throughout the year. Lencho’s only hope was help from God. His deep faith in God made him write a letter to God seeking help in the form of 100 pesos.
Q. Lencho seemed to be an impulsive man who felt suddenly elated at the rainfall and later became sad to see the destruction which the rain had caused. Did he lack tolerance? Did he not have the courage to face the challenges of life? Elucidate it by discussing the values one must possess to face any type of situation.
A. Lencho was impulsive but he did not lack tolerance. His entire crop was destroyed but he was courageous. His faith in God was the last resort which made him write the letter. He was seeking monetary help so that he could sow the crop and feed his family.
Q. The postmaster represents the people who still believe in helping others. Mention those values of the postmaster which you would like to emulate.
A. The postmaster was a kind hearted man. He was moved by the poor farmer’s deep faith in God. He gave up a part of his salary and asked his colleagues to donate as well. He collected 70 Pesos and gave it to Lencho in the form of a letter from God, to retain his faith.
Class 10 English A Letter to God 5 Marks – 100 to 120 words
The people at the post-office contribute to put together whatever they can manage, for Lencho. (a) What do you think was the main reason behind their help? Would you have done the same if you were one of the employees? (b) As an employee, write about your perspective and reason(s) for contributing to the fund. The fact that you don’t want to say ‘no’ to a cause initiated by your boss, can also be an equally compelling reason!
A. Value points.
(a) Post office staff was under the pressure of the boss – could not refuse him – did not have spare money but had to donate.
(b) the poor farmer’s faith moved me – decided to help him – wanted to retain his faith in God.
Read the given anecdote and analyse the similarities and differences with reference to ‘A Letter to God’.
A very poor woman called-in a radio station asking for help from God. A non-believer, also listening to this radio program, decided to make fun of the woman. He got her address, called his secretary and ordered her to buy food and take it to the woman. However, the instruction was: “When the woman asks who sent the food, tell her that it’s from the devil.” When the secretary arrived at the woman’s house, the woman was very happy and grateful for the help. The Secretary then asked her, ”Don’t you want to know who sent the food?” The woman replied, ”No, I don’t even care because when God orders, even the devil obeys!
A. Value points
Poor woman is like Lencho. Blind faith in God. Helper is not like Postmaster. He wants to mock her. Postmaster was kind-hearted and wanted to restore Lencho’s faith in God.
Q. The postmaster was a representative of God. Evaluate this statement in the context of your understanding of ‘A Letter to God”.
A. Value points
Postmaster was a messenger of God. He wanted to restore Lencho’s faith in God. (Add details of how the crop was destroyed and Lencho’s reaction).
Q. There are two kinds of conflicts in the story: between humans and nature, and between humans themselves. How are these conflicts illustrated?
A. The conflict between humans and nature is illustrated in the following way. A farmer’s healthy crop gets destroyed by the hailstorm lashed by nature. The storm is so furious that not a leaf remains on the trees. The field turns white with the hailstones. The farmer, Lencho is left with no crop, food and money. Thus, nature’s conflict with man has been illustrated in the story.
The conflict between humans is depicted in the following way. The postmaster is moved by Lencho’s faith in God. He tries to help him and to retain the faith, collects money and gives it to Lencho. But when Lencho sees that he amount is lesser than what he had asked for, he doubts the staff of the post office and calls it a bunch of crooks. Thus, the man doubts those who helped him. Thus, we get to see the conflict between humans.
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