NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 1 A Letter to God Questions and Answers
Question and Answer
Oral Comprehension Check
Q1. What did lencho hope for?
Ans. Launch hope for a downpour or at least a good shower for his field of ripe corn.
Q2. Why did Lencho see that the raindrops were like “new coins”?
Ans. Lencho compared the raindrops with new coins because raindrops would have helped him in getting a good harvest resulting in more and more profits. That’s why he compared raindrops as “new coins”.
Q3. How did the rain change? What happened to Lencho’s fields?
Ans. The rain changed into hailstones(small balls of ice that fall like rain from the sky) as a strong wind began to blow and along with the rain very large hailstones began to fall. All the crops of Lencho’s field were totally destroyed.
Q4. What were Lencho’s feelings when the hail stopped?
Ans. After the hail stopped, Lencho’s soul was filled with sadness because the crops of her field were totally destroyed.
Oral Comprehension Check
Q1. Who or what did Lencho have faith in? What did he do?
Ans. Lencho had faith in God. He believed that God sees everything, even what is deep in one’s conscience. He wrote a letter to god saying that he needs a hundred pesos to sow his field again and to live until the crops come.
Q2. Who read the letter?
Ans. The postmaster read the letter that was written by Lencho.
Q3. What did the postmaster do then?
Ans. The postmaster first laughed when he read the letter but Soon he became serious. He was moved by the writer’s faith in God. So, he decided to collect it and send it to Lencho on money and behalf of God.
Oral Comprehension Check
Q1. Was Lencho surprised to find a letter for him with money in it?
Ans. No, Lencho was not surprised to see the letter with money from God. As Lencho believed that God will help him.
Q2. What made him angry?
Ans. Lencho became angry when he counted the money because there were only seventy pesos. Whereas Lencho had demanded a hundred pesos. The difference in the amount made him angry and he thought that thirty pesos were stolen by the post office workers.
Think about the text
Q1. Who does Lencho have complete faith in? Which sentences in the story tell you this?
Ans. Lencho has complete faith in God as he is instructed that God knows everything and helps us in our problems.
There are a few sentences which show this:
(1) But in the hearts of all who lived in that solitary in the middle of the valley, there was a single hope from God.
(2) 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.
(3) He wrote ‘To God’ on the envelope, put the letter inside and, still troubled, went to town.
(4) God, he wrote, if you don’t help me, my family and I will go hungry this year.
(5) It said: “God: Of the money that was asked for, only seventy pesos reached me. Send me the rest since I need it very much”.
(6) God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have denied Lencho what he had requested.
Q2. Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’?
Ans. The postmaster was overwhelmed by Lencho’s complete faith
in God and did not want Lencho’s faith to suffer a setback. After reading the letter addressed to God, the postmaster instantly decided to respond to the letter. He collected the money with contributions from the post office employees, his friends as well as himself. He then wrote a letter addressed to Lencho and signed it as ‘God’. The postmaster did all this because he did not want Lencho’s faith in God to be shaken.
Q3. Did Lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him? Why/Why not?
Ans. Lencho had such unquestioning faith in God that he did not doubt the existence of God for even a moment. He was absolutely sure that it was none other than God who had responded to his letter and sent him the cash. Thus, he did not try to find out who had sent the money.
Q4. 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.)
Ans. Lencho had written to God asking him for a hundred pesos. However, he found only seventy pesos in the envelope he received from God. On seeing this, he immediately blamed the post office officials for having stolen his money. Lencho had this unshakeable faith in God that he couldn’t believe that God would send him less than what he had asked for. It is ironic that Lencho should suspect and blame all those who had actually gone out of their way to not just help him but also keep alive his faith in God.
Q5. 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.
Ans. It is very difficult to find another person like Lencho. He is a naïve man who has unquestioning faith in God. It would be unfair to say that Lencho is stupid. The fact that he posts a letter addressed to God and waits for a response from God shows his innocence and faith. Contrary to this, the majority of the people in the real world are greedy, selfish and ungrateful. Lencho stands apart with his loveable nature.
Q6. There are two kinds of conflicts in the story: between humans and nature and between humans themselves. How are these conflicts illustrated?
Ans. A Letter to God aptly illustrates our world and its various conflicts. The focus here is on the conflict between nature and humans on the one hand and between humans on the other.
Nature’s furious domination is seen in the sudden destruction of Lencho’s fields. The shower, which was so heartily welcomed by Lencho and his family, within no time, grew into a devastating hailstorm. It left Lencho helpless as the harvest was his only means of earning a livelihood for his family.
Human society is wrought with suspicion, anger, distrust and envy. On reading Lencho’s innocent letter addressed to God, the postmaster decided to help the poor farmer. He and his colleagues contributed whatever they could to collect hundred pesos for Lencho. Unfortunately, they could manage only seventy pesos. On receiving the envelope from God, Lencho accused the post office officials of being a bunch of crooks and stealing his money. Thus, his lack of faith in his fellow human beings illustrates the conflict among humans.