NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 1 A Letter to God
Oral Comprehension Check
What did Lencho hope for?
Lencho hoped for a good rain as it was much needed for a good harvest.
Why did Lencho say the raindrops were like ‘new coins’?
Lencho compared the raindrops with new coins because they were promising him a good harvest resulting in more prosperity.
How did the rain change? What happened to Lencho’s fields?
The rain changed into hailstones as a strong wind began to blow and huge hailstones began to fall alongwith the rain. All the crops in Lencho’s field got destroyed because of the weather conditions.
What were Lencho’s feelings when the hail stopped?
Lencho was filled with grief after the hail stopped as everything was ruined and there was nothing that he could feed his family with. He could see a bleak future for him and his family.
Who or what did Lencho have faith in? What did he do?
Lencho had firm faith in God. He believed ‘ that God sees everything, even what is deep in one’s conscience and help everyone in one’s problems. He wrote a letter to God demanding him a hundred pesos to sow his field again.
Who read the letter?
Postmaster read the letter.
What did the postmaster do after reading a letter?
The postmaster laughed when he read
Lencho’s letter but soon he became serious and was moved by the writer’s faith in God. He didn’t want to shake Lencho’s faith. So, he decided to collect ,money and send it to Lencho on behalf of God.
Was Lencho surprised to find a letter for him with money in it?
Lencho was not surprised to find a letter with money from God as he believed that God will help him.
What made Lencho angry?
There were only seventy pesos in the envelope whereas Lencho had demanded a hundred pesos. The difference in the amount made him angry.
Thinking about the Text (Page 7,8)
Who does Lencho have complete faith in? Which sentences in the story tell you this?
Lencho has complete faith in God as he is instructed that God knows everything and helps us in our problems. There are few sentences which show this
- But in the hearts of all who lived in that solitary house in the middle of the valley, there was a single hope help from God.
- All through the night, Lencho thought only of his one hope: the help of God, whose eyes, as he had been instructed, see everything, even what is deep in one’s conscience.
- “God”, he wrote, “if you don’t help me, my family and I will go hungry this year”.
- He wrote ‘To God’ on the envelope, put the letter inside and still troubled, went to town.
- God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have denied Lencho what he had requested.
Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho? Why does he sign the letter God?
The postmaster sends money to Lencho in order to keep
Lencho’s faith in God alive and firm as he was completely moved by it.
When postmaster reads the letter of Lencho to God, he becomes serious and does not want to shake his faith and decides to answer the letter. He gathers money with the help of his post office employees and friends on behalf of God and signs the letter ‘God’ so that Lencho’s faith does not get shaken.
Did Lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him? Why or why not?
Lencho did not try to find out who had sent the money to him because he never suspected the presence of God and had complete faith in God. He could not believe that it could be – anybody else other than him who would send him the money.
His faith in God was so strong that he believed that he had sent money to him for his help in his problem.
Who does Lencho think has taken the rest of the money? What is the irony in the situation? (Remember that the irony of a situation is an unexpected aspect of it. An ironic situation is strange or amusing because it is the opposite of what is expected).
Lencho thinks that the post office employees have taken the rest of the money as he had demanded a hundred pesos from God and in the letter there was only seventy pesos and God cannot make such a mistake. So, he assumes that they have stolen the money.
The irony in this situation is that Lencho suspects those people who helped him in his problem and tried to keep his faith alive in God.
Are there people like Lencho in the real world? What kind of a person would you say he is? You may select appropriate words from the box to answer the question.
It is almost impossible to find a person like Lencho as he is an unquestioning and naive kind of person. He is not stupid if he doesn’t know who has sent him money or a letter will reach God without any address. It is Lencho’s faith in God. In real world, people are selfish and greedy and Lencho is totally lovable and different.
There are two kinds of conflict in the story between humans and nature and between humans themselves. How are these conflicts illustrated?
Conflict between Humans and Nature: The conflict between humans and nature is illustrated by the destruction of Lencho’s crop by the hailstorm as Lencho was expecting a good rain to have good harvest as that was the only hope he had for his earning. He worked so hard to feed his family, but nature turned violent and destroyed everything.
Conflict between Humans and Humans: The story also illustrated another conflict, between humans themselves as the postmaster alongwith his friends and staff sent Lencho money that Lencho demanded from God although they didn’t know Lencho. Lencho blamed them for taking away some amount of money. He called them “a bunch of crook”. This shows that man does not have faith in other man, thereby giving rise to this conflict.
Thinking about Language (Page 8,9,10,11)
1. There are different names in different parts of the world for storms, depending on their nature. Can you match the names in the box with their descriptions below, and fill in the blanks?
A violent tropical storm in which strong winds move in a circle c__.
An extremely strong wind __ a __.
A violent tropical storm with very strong wind __ p __.
A violent storm whose centre is a cloud in the shape of a funnel __n__.
A violent storm with very strong winds, especially in the Western Atlantic Ocean __ r__.
A very strong wind that moves very fast in a spinning movement and causes a lot of damage __l__.
Match the sentences in column A with the meaning of ‘hope’ in column B.
|1.||Will you get the subjects you want to study in college? I hope so.||(a)||a feeling that something good will probably happen.|
|2.||1 hope you don’t mind my saying this but 1 don’t like the way you are arguing.||(b)||thinking that this would happen (it may or may not have happened.)|
|3.||This discovery will give new hope to HIV/AIDS sufferers.||(c)||stopped believing that this good thing would happen.|
|4.||We were hoping against hope that the judges would not notice our mistakes.||(d)||wanting something to happen (and thinking it quite possible)|
|5.||1 called early in the hope of speaking to her before she went to school.||(e)||showing concern that what you say should not offend or disturb the other person a way of being polite.|
|6.||Just when everybody had given up hope, the fishermen came back, seven days after the cyclone.||(f)||wishing for something to happen, although this is very unlikely.|
3. Join the sentences given below using who, whom, whose, which, as suggested.
I often go to Mumbai. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India, (which)
I often go to Mumbai which is the commercial capital of India.
My mother is going to host a TV show on cooking. She cooks very well, (who)
My Mother who cooks very well, is going to host a TV show on cooking.
These sportsperson are going to meet the President. Their performance has been excellent, (whose)
These sportspersons, whose performance has been excellent, are going to meet the President.
Lencho prayed to God. His eyes see into our minds, (whose)
Lencho prayed to God, whose eyes see into our minds.
This man cheated me. I trusted him. (whom)
This man whom I trusted cheated me.
4. Find sentences in the story with negative words, which express the following ideas emphatically.
(a) The trees lost all their leaves.
(b) The letter was addressed to God himself.
(c) The postman saw this address for the first time in his career.
(a) Not a leaf remained on the trees.
(b) It was nothing less than a letter to God.
(c) Never in his career as a postman had he seen that address.
5. In pairs, find metaphors from the story to complete the table below. Try to say what qualities are being compared. One has been done for you.
|Object||Metaphor||Quality or Feature Compared|
|Cloud||Huge mountains of clouds||The mass or ‘hugeness’ of mountains|
|Locusts||An ox of a man||An epidemic (a disease) (hat spreads very rapidly and leaves many people dead|
|Object||Metaphor||Quality or Feature Compared|
|Cloud||Huge mountains of clouds||The mass or ‘hugeness’ of mountains|
|Raindrops||Coins||Money that a good crop will bring|
|Hailstones||Frozen pearls||brightness of pearls|
|Locusts||a plague of locusts||An epidemic (a disease) that spreads very rapidly and leaves many people dead|
|Lencho||An ox of a man||strong|
A Letter to God Extra Questions and Answers Class 10 English First Flight
Extract Based Questions [3 Marks each]
Read the following extracts carefully and answer the questions that follow.
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 downpour or at least a shower. Throughout the morning Lencho who knew his fields intimately had done nothing else but see the sky towards the North-East. “Now we’re really going to get some water, woman.
” The woman who was preparing supper, replied, “Yes, God willing”.
(a) Where was Lencho’s house located?
(b) What was Lencho’s wife preparing?
(c) Find the word from the passage which means ‘very closely’.
(d) What does ‘Crest’ means?
Lencho’s house was located on the crest of a low hill.
(b) Lencho’s wife was preparing supper.
(c) The word is ‘Intimately’.
(d) Crest means the top part of a hill.
It was during the meal that, just as Lencho had predicted, big drops of rain began to fall. In the North-East huge mountains of clouds could be seen approaching. The air was fresh and sweet. The man went out for no other reason than to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body. [CBSE 2012]
(a) What could be seen approaching in the North-East?
(b) Why did Lencho go out?
(c) Give an antonym of the word Big.
(d) Which word in the passage is a synonym of ‘forecast’.
(a) Huge mountains of clouds could be seen approaching in the North-East.
(b) Lencho went out to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body.
(c) The word is ‘small’.
(d) The word ‘predict’ is a synonym of forecast.
With a satisfied expression he regarded the field of ripe corn with its flowers, draped in a. curtain of rain. But suddenly a strong wind began to blow and alongwith the rain very large hailstones began to fall. These truly did resemble new silver coins. The boys, exposing themselves to the rain, ran out to collect the frozen pearls.
(a) What happened to the rain suddenly?
(b) ‘The frozen pearls’ refers to which thing in the paragraph.
(c) Find the similar meaning-of ‘contented’ in the paragraph.
(d) Find from the passage a word which means ‘to take after’.
(a) The rain suddenly changed into hailstones.
(b) ‘The frozen pearls’ refers to hailstones.
(c) The word is ‘Satisfied’.
(d) The word is ‘Resemble’.
Not a leaf remained on the trees. The corn was totally destroyed. The flowers were gone from the plants. Lencho’s soul was filled with sadness. When the storm had passed, he stood in the middle of the field and said to his sons. “A plague of locusts would have left more than this. The hail has left nothing.
(a) Describe Lencho’s feeling as shown in the passage.
(b) What happened to the crop when the storm had passed?
(c) Find the word that means the opposite of ‘restored’ as used in the passage.
(d) What do you mean by ‘hail’ in the last line?
(a) Lencho was filled with sadness when the storm had passed.
(b) The crop was completely destroyed when the storm had passed.
(c) The word is ‘destroyed’.
(d) ‘Hail’ is balls of ice that falls from the sky in the form of rain.
“That’s what they say: no one dies of hunger.” All through the night, Lencho thought only of his one hope: the help of God, whose eyes, as he had been instructed, see everything, even what is deep in one’s conscience. Lencho was an ox of a man, working like an animal in the fields, but still he knew how to write. [CBSE 2014]
(a) What was Lencho’s only hope?
(b) How did Lencho work in the field?
(c) Find the exact word of similar meaning ‘moral sense’ given in the passage.
(d) Explain ‘an or of a man’.
(a) Lencho’s only hope was the help of God.
(b) Lencho worked as an ‘ox’ in the field.
(c) The word is ‘conscience’.
(d) It means a man working hard like an ox or animal.
The postmaster- a fat, amiable fellow- also broke out laughing, but almost immediately he turned serious and tapping the letter on his desk, commented. “What faith! I wish I had the faith of the man who wrote this letter. Starting.up a correspondence with God!”
So, in order ndt to shake the writer’s faith in God, the postmaster came up with an idea: answer the letter. But when he opened it, it was evident that to answer it he needed something more than goodwill, ink and paper. But he stuck to his resolution: he asked for money from his employees, he himself gave part of his salary and several friends of his vreie obliged io give something ‘for an act of charity’.
(a) What kind of a person the postmaster was?
(b) How did the postmaster help Lencho?
(c) Find the exact word in similar meaning ‘without delay’ given in the passage.
(d) Determination is synonymous with …………….
(a) The postmaster was a fat, amiable and helpful fellow.
(b) The postmaster helped Lencho by collecting money from his employees and friends.
(c) The word is ‘Immediately’.
(d) Determination is synonym with Resolution.
The following Sunday, Lencho came a bit earlier than usual to ask if there was a letter for him. It was the postman himself who handed the letter to him while the postmaster, experiencing the contentment of a man who has performed a good deed, looked on from his office.
Lencho showed not the slightest surprise on seeing the money; such was his confidence, but he became angry when he counted the money. God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have denied Lencho what he had requested.
(a) Why did Lencho come earlier to the post office?
(b) Why wasLencho angry when he counted money?
(c) Find the word which means the opposite of permitted from the passage.
(d) Which word in the passage gives the meaning ‘that one will be successful one day’.
(a) Lencho came earlier to the post office to know if there was a letter for him.
(b) Lencho was angry when he counted money as it was not the full amount that he had demanded from God.
(c) The word is ‘denied’.
(d) The word is ‘confidence’.
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.” [CBSE 2016]
(a) What did Lencho do wijh the stamp?
(b) What did the postmaster do when the letter fell into the mailbox and why?
(c) Find out the word which has the similar meaning as ‘attached’ used in the passage.
(d) Which word in the passage denotes a dishonest person?
(a) Lencho licked and affixed the stamp to the envelope with a blow of his fist.
(b) The postmaster immediately opened the letter to know Lencho’s feeling for the money he had received.
(c) The word is ‘affixed’.
(d) The word is ‘crook’.
Short Answer Type Questions [2 Marks each]
Who was Lencho? What were his main problems? [CBSE 2015]
Lencho was a hardworking farmer, who lived on the crest of a low hill. Due to the hailstorm his crops were destroyed, so he needed money to sow his field again and support his family. These were the main problems of Lencho.
Give a brief description of the view from Lencho’s house?
Lencho’s house was situated on the crest of a low hill and it was the only one in the valley. One could easily see the river and the field of ripe corn from here.
What did Lencho compare the raindrops to and why? [ CBSE 2011]
Lencho compared the raindrops to new coins because the crop needed the rain badly and it was the sign of good harvest. Good harvest meant prosperity for Lencho as he needed the money to fulfil his basic needs.
Why did Lencho write a letter to God?
When.Lencho’s crops were completely destroyed by the hailstorm, he wrote a letter to God because he was the only hope in his despair. Lencho asked him to send hundred pesos to sow his field again and support his family.
Why and how did the postmaster help Lencho?
The postmaster was determined to help Lencho. He did not want Lencho’s faith in God to be shaken so he asked his employees and friends to help Lencho. He also contributed a part of his salary for this act of charity.
How much money did Lencho need? How . much did he get?
Lencho got seventy pesos. He was angry at the difference as he needed hundred pesos to sow the crops again and to support his family till the next harvest.
Why did Lencho not want the money to be sent through mail? CBSE 2016
Lencho wrote in his second letter that he received only seventy pesos but he needed a hundred pesos.
He requested God not to send rest of the money by post since the post office employees were a bunch of crooks and would steal the money.
Do you think that Lencho was right to call the post office employees a bunch of crooks? Why or why not?
Lencho called the post office employees a bunch of crooks as he did not get full money that he had demanded. He could not believe that God had sent him any less money so he doubted these people. But he was not right to call them a bunch of crooks.
Long Answer (Value Based) Type Questions [8 Marks each]
Who was Lencho and what circumstances forced him to write a letter to God?
Lencho was a hardworking farmer who lived with his family on a crest of a low hill. He was very caring and God loving man. Though, he was a farmer he could read and write. Lencho eagerly waited for the rainfall in order to get good harvest and he became happy when it came. But the pleasing rain changed into hailstorm and destroyed his crop.
He became sad and was worried about his family as they might remain hungry that year. His last hope was the help from God as he had complete faith in him. Hence, he wrote a letter to God asking him to send hundred pesos to survive and to reharvest.
Give a character-sketch of Lencho.
Lencho was a simple man and a hardworking farmer. He worked as an ox in his field.
Lencho’s entire crops were badly destroyed by the hailstorm. So, he became very sad as he was worried about his family. He was an optimistic person. Although his only source of living was taken away, he didn’t lose hope. He had his last hope in God. He was confident that God would help him in his distress. Lencho was an innocent atheist who didn’t know that there was no such living person as God who could send him money. He had blind faith in God and sought solution of his problem’Trom God only.
Sketch the character of the postmaster in the story ‘A Letter to God”.
How do you like ,the character of the postmaster in the story ‘A Letter to God?” Give reason for your answer.
The postmaster was a fat and friendly fellow. He was a sensible human being. He first laughed looking at the letter which had a strange address. But soon he became serious. He was surprised at the faith that Lencho had in God. He wanted his faith not to be shaken.
The postmaster himself gave a part of his salary and also requested his employees and a few friends to contribute for charity. He felt happy and satisfied when Lencho received the money. This shows that he was a kind and empathetic person as well. He loved to help others.
How did the postmaster and post office employees help Lencho? How did he react to their help?
The Postmaster and post office employees were very generous as they contributed for the act of charity. First they laughed when they saw Lencho’s letter to God, but soon they were impressed by his faith in God. They decided to send some money to Lencho so that his faith in God does not get shaken. They collected seventy pesos and sent it to Lencho.
When Lencho got the envelope and opened it to count money, he became angry. He again wrote a letter to God demanding the remaining thirty pesos. He thought that post office employees had taken away the remaining money and called them a bunch of crooks, which was not justified at all as they were the people who had helped him. But it shows his innocence and firm faith in God.
How did the hailstones affect Lencho’s field? What was Lencho’s only hope?
Lencho, a hardworking farmer, worked like an ox for a good harvest, depended completely on his fields to take care of his family. He expected a good harvest that year. He needed a downpour for the crops to ripe, but the rain followed by hailstorm completely destroyed the crops.
It made him sad. He was worried for his family as he loved them so much. But Lencho had firm faith in God and believed that nobody died of hunger. So, he decided to seek help from God. He wrote a letter to God and asked him for a hundred pesos to survive and to sow new crop.
“Humanity still exists”, this is what we get to know after reading A letter to God’ in which firm faith in God of a poor farmer and helpfulness of the post office employees are aptly depicted thought. Write a paragraph on the values in it, in about 80-100 words. Give the paragraph a suitable title. [CBSE 2012]
Existence of Humanity
After reading ‘A letter to God’, our faith in humanity stirs for strong. We learn from the story that there still are people who help others without any self interest. The postmaster and the post office employees lay an example for everyone of us to be kind. Though they all laughed at his letter, they were really moved by the grip of faith Lencho had in God. The way they all decided to help the stranger in his hard times restores our faith in the existence of humanity and motivates us to be a noble and kind person.
Describe Lencho’s qualities in light of his faith in God. Do you have faith in God like Lencho? Was Lencho’s reaction towards post office employees right? [CBSE 2015]
Lencho was a poor farmer who totally depended on the harvest to survive and fulfil basic needs of his family. Once his crops were destroyed due to heavy rainfall and hailstones and he was afraid to think how his family would survive. He believed that God would help him in this plight. He had firm faith in God, he believed that God would not let him be hungry.
Now-a-days faith in God like Lencho is almost impossible and unseen. People are very much aware that nobody is willing to help others without any self interest. Lencho’s reaction towards post office employees was not right or justified but it was just because of his innocence as he could not believe that God had done such a mistake. It were only the post office employees who had stolen money according to him.
MCQ Questions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 1 A Letter to God with AnswersQuestion 1. What did Lencho hope for? (a) A good shower of rain for his crop.Answer: (c) On (b) A new motorcycle (c) A tractor (d) None of the Above
AnswerAnswer: (a) A good shower of rain for his crop.
Question 2. Why was Lencho satisfied? (a) On seeing a new tractor in his field. (b) On seeing a new buffalo. (c) On seeing the field of ripe corn with flowers. (d) None of the Above
AnswerAnswer: (c) On seeing the field of ripe corn with flowers.
Question 3. Why did Lencho need money? (a) To buy a tractor (b) To save his family from hunger (c) To buy a new phone. (d) To buy a buffalo.
AnswerAnswer: (b) To save his family from hunger
Question 4. What did the postmaster do then? (a) He decided to collect the money and send it to Lencho. (b) He throw away the letter (c) He decided to beat Lencho to teach him a lesson. (d) He gave it to other postmaster
AnswerAnswer: (a) He decided to collect the money and send it to Lencho.
Question 5. Who read the letter sent by Lencho? (a) His Wife (b) The Postmaster (c) One of the farmer (d) The God
AnswerAnswer: (b) The Postmaster
Question 6. Who is the author of the lesson ‘A Letter to God’? (a) G.L. Fuentes (b) J.k. Rowling (c) William Shakespeare (d) Roald Dahl
AnswerAnswer: (a) G.L. Fuentes
Question 7. What is the irony in this lesson? (a) Lencho was sad after the hailstorm even though he was the one waiting for a shower (b) Postmaster laughed at Lencho but still helped arrange money for him (c) Lencho blamed the post office employees who in fact helped him (d) there is no irony
AnswerAnswer: (c) Lencho blamed the post office employees who in fact helped him
Question 8. What did Lencho think of the post-office employees? (a) bunch of crooks (b) rude (c) unhelpful (d) proud
AnswerAnswer: (a) bunch of crooks
Question 9. Why was Lencho not surprised on seeing the money in the envelope? (a) he was too sad to acknowledge it (b) he had unwavering faith in God (c) he was an ungrateful man (d) none of the above
AnswerAnswer: (b) he had unwavering faith in God
Question 10. How much money was the postmaster able to arrange? (a) 100 pesos (b) Nil (c) 1000 pesos (d) 70 pesos
AnswerAnswer: (d) 70 pesos
Question 11. Why did the postmaster decide to reply to Lencho’s letter? (a) he was a good man (b) he felt empathetic (c) to preserve Lencho’s faith in God (d) all of the above
AnswerAnswer: (c) to preserve Lencho’s faith in God
Question 12. The postmaster was a fat, amiable man. What is the meaning of amiable? (a) rude (b) helpful (c) friendly (d) enthusaistic
AnswerAnswer: (c) friendly
Question 13. How much money did Lencho ask for? (a) 100 pesos (b) 1000 pesos (c) 10 pesos (d) 500 pesos
AnswerAnswer: (a) 100 pesos
Question 14. What was the only hope left in the hearts of Lencho’s family? (a) compensation from government (b) help from farmer’s association (c) help from God (d) there was no hope left
AnswerAnswer: (c) help from God
Question 15. The field looked as if it were covered in _______. (a) salt (b) locusts (c) sugar (d) ice
AnswerAnswer: (a) salt
Question 16. Which crop was growing on Lencho’s fields? (a) Corn (b) Barley (c) Rice (d) None of the above
AnswerAnswer: (a) Corn
Question 17. Where did Lencho expect the downpour to come from? (a) north (b) north-east (c) north-west (d) south-east
AnswerAnswer: (b) north-east
Question 18. Where was Lencho’s house situated? (a) bottom of the hill (b) top of a hill (c) top of a plateau (d) in a city