Q.1. Where was the house’ located?
Ans. ‘The House’ was located on the top(crest) of a low hill.
Q.2. Why do you think it is called ‘the’ house and not ‘a house’?
Ans. It is called ‘the house’ and not ‘a house’ because it was the only house in the entire valley.
Q.3. Why did Lencho keep gazing at the sky?
Ans. Lencho kept gazing at the sky because he hopefully wished for rain.
Q.4. How did Lencho feel when it started raining?
Ans. Lencho felt very happy.
Q.5. What was the effect of the rain on the crops?
Ans. Lencho’s crops were destroyed because of the rain and the storm.
Q.6. Lencho had only one hope. What was it?
Ans. Lencho’s only hope was help from God.
Q.7. Who was Lencho?
Ans. Lencho was a hard-working farmer.
Q.8. What had Lencho been doing throughout the morning?
Ans. He had been looking at the clouds in the northeast throughout the morning.
Q.9. What did Lencho’s field need badly?
Ans. His fields needed heavy rain badly.
Q.10. What does Lencho call the rain-drops?
Ans. He calls the big rain-drops ten cent pesos and the small rain-drops five-cent pesos.
Q.11. How did Lencho’s field look after the hail had rained?
Ans. The field looked as if covered with salt.
Q.12. What was the effect of the hail storm on tile valley?
Ans. No crop or vegetation was left in the entire valley.
Q.13. Who did Lencho write a letter to?
Ans. Lencho wrote a letter to God.
Q.14. How much money did Lencho demand from God?
Why did Lencho write a letter to God?
Ans. In his letter, Lencho demanded one hundred pesos from God.
Q.15. How much money did Lencho receive from God?
Ans. He received only seventy pesos from God.
Q.16. Who sent the money to Lencho?
Ans. The postmaster sent the money to Lencho.
Q.17. Why did the postmaster decide to answer Lencho’s letter to God?
Ans. By doing so he wanted to protect Lencho’s faith in God.
Q.18. How did Lencho feel when he counted the money in the envelope?
Ans. He got angry after counting the money in the envelope.
Q.19. Who does Lencho blame for the loss of thirty pesos in the envelope?
Ans. He blames the post-office employees for this loss.
Q.20. What does Lencho call the post-office employees?
How did Lencho describe the post-office employees?
Ans. He calls them “a bunch of crooks.”
Q.21. What were trenches feelings when he found the letter with money in it? What did he do after opening the letter?
Ans. Lencho was not at all surprised to see the money in the letter as he was fully confident about it. He knew that God would send money to him. On opening the letter he found seventy pesos instead of a hundred. So, he wrote another letter to God to send and rest of the amount but now not through the mail as the post office employees were crooks.
Q.22. Whom did Lencho write a letter? What did he ask for?
Ans. When Lencho’s annual crop was completely destroyed due to heavy rains and hailstorms and there was no one to help hint during the crisis. At that time Lencho wrote a letter to God.
He wrote the letter requesting him to send 100 pesos so that he could sow his fields again till the next crop.
Q.23. Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’?
Ans. The postmaster was a kind, generous, helpful and God-fearing man. When he received the letter written to God asking for 100 pesos, he felt sympathetic towards Lencho. Hence, he decided to help Lencho. He gave a part of his salary and asked other employees to help. He signed the letter ‘God’ in order to preserve the man’s faith in God.
Q.24. How far would you agree that one’s positivity can bring in a spark of brightness even in adverse circumstances’?
Ans. It is absolutely true that optimism can bring about a spark of brightness even in adverse situations. It was Lencho’s innocent optimism that eventually led to his getting seventy pesos. In fact, it was his positivity despite the hailstorm that he even wrote a letter to God in the first place. His hope finally triumphed.
Q.25. Was Lencho surprised to find a letter with money in it? Why/Why not?
Ans. Lencho was not at all surprised to receive an envelope with money in it because he had utter faith in God. His unshakeable faith gave him firm confidence.
Q.26. What impression do you form of the postmaster after reading the story ‘A Letter to God’?
Ans. The postmaster was a kind, generous, helpful, amiable and God-fearing man. He was generous, as he helped Lencho with 70 pesos. He also wrote a reply to Lencho’s letter in order to maintain his faith in God.
Q.27. Why was Lencho angry? What did he do?
Ans. Lencho had deep faith in God and hence wrote a letter to God asking for 100 pesos. But when he received 70 pesos instead of 100, he was angry. He wrote another letter to God asking him to send the rest of the money, but not through the post-office as they were a ‘bunch of crooks’.
Q.28. Lencho calls the raindrops ‘new coins’. Why does he call them so?
Ans. Lencho hoped to get good crops because of raindrops. He thought he would earn good money so he called them new coins. But raindrops soon turned into hailstones which destroyed all his crops and ruined his hopes.
Q.29. Why were Lencho and his family in distress? Whom did he ask for help?
Ans. Lencho’s crops were completely destroyed by the hailstones. He feared that he and his family would go hungry. He had no one to help but he had full faith in God whose eyes see everything. He wrote a letter to God asking for a hundred pesos to sow the crop and live until the next harvest.
Q.30.”Now we’re really going to get some water woman.” Is Lencho sure that it is going to rain? Give a reason for your answer.
Ans. Yes. Lencho is sure that it is going to rain. He needs rain for his crops. He has been gazing at the sky since morning. He has perhaps seen some signs of coming rain. True to his prediction. It soon starts raining.
Q.31. What are the raindrops compared to and why?
Ans. It starts raining. Lencho is very happy. He compares the big drops of rain to ten-cent pieces and the little ones to five-cent pieces. Lencho needs rain for a good harvest. If he has good crops, he will get money. That is why he compares the raindrops to coins.
Q.32. Did the letter reach God? Why did the postmaster send a reply to Lencho?
Ans. No, the letter did not reach God. The postman saw the letter addressed to God. He took the letter to the postmaster. The postmaster did not want to shake Lencho’s faith in God. So he sent a reply to Lencho. He sent seventy pesos to him
Q.33. Why was Lencho angry when he received the letter?
Ans. Lencho had asked God to send him a hundred pesos. But when he opened the envelope he found only seventy pesos in it. He thought that the post-office employees had taken the rest of the money. So he became angry when he received the letter.
Q.34. Lencho describes the post office employees as “a bunch of crooks.”
(1) Were they a bunch of crooks?
(ii) How would you describe them?
Ans. Lencho thought that the post office employees had cheated him. So he calls them “a bunch of crooks.” But they were not crooks. They were kind people. They wanted to help Lencho. So they collected seventy pesos and sent the money to Lencho by mail.
Q.35. Where was Lencho’s house situated?
Ans. Lencho was a farmer. His house was the only one in the valley. It was situated on the top of a low hill overlooking the valley. From this height, he could see the river. He could also see his fields of ripe corn dotted with flowers. The flowers always promised a good harvest.
Q.36. What did Lencho and the earth need immediately?
Ans. The only thing the earth needed was rain. Lencho, being a farmer wished for heavy rain. At least, a shower was necessary. His fields needed water immediately otherwise the crop would be completely mined. So, he would constantly look at the sky towards the north-east.
Q.37. How did the rain come as predicted by Lencho and how did he receive it?
Ans. Lencho’s wife was preparing supper(dinner). The older boys were working in the field. It was during the meal, in the north-east huge mountains of clouds could be seen approaching. Then, as Lencho had predicted, big drops of rain began to fall. Lencho went out to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body. To him, the raindrops were like the new coins.
Q.38. Why were the raindrops like new coins for Lencho?
Ans. Lencho had been impatiently waiting for the rain. The earth needed a downpour(rain/shower) immediately. At least, a shower was necessary to save the crops. Fortunately for Lencho, in the north-east huge mountains of clouds could be seen approaching. Big drops of rain began to fall. Every drop was precious for the fields and the crops. The bigger drops were worth ten-cent pieces and the little ones were fives.
Q.39. Why did Lencho’s happiness change into deep concern?
Ans. As Lencho had predicted the rain did come. At mealtime, it came in the form of big drops. Naturally, the rain gladdened his heart. He could see better prospects of a good crop. However, his happiness was short-lived. Suddenly, a strong wind began to blow. The rain turned into big hailstones. The of a heavy ball of big hailstones for an hour completely destroyed everything— leaves, trees, and the standing crops. Naturally, such a heavy loss put Lencho into a deep concern.
Q.40. Describe the loss caused by the heavy fall of hailstones in general and to Lencho in particular.
Ans. For an hour, the hailstones rained on the house, the garden, the hillside, and the cornfield. Actually, the whole valley was covered with them. Leaves and flowers were destroyed. Lencho’s fields were covered with a white layer. The corn was totally destroyed. The hail had left practically nothing. There was no chance of any corn that year for Lencho.
Q.41. In the hearts of all who lived in that solitary house …, there was a single hope ….’ What was that?
Ans. The hail had practically left nothing. The cornfields were totally destroyed. Lencho and his family would have no corn that year. He could expect no help from human beings. In the hearts of all who lived in that solitary house, there was a single hope: help from God. Only God could save them from such a miserable situation.
Q.42. Why did Lencho think of writing a letter to God? What did he write in the letter?
Ans. The hailstones completely destroyed Lencho’s cornfields. They would have no corn that year. Having lost all hopes, Lencho thought of writing a letter to God. He requested God to send him a hundred pesos to sow his fields again. He wrote that he needed money to live until the new crops came. If God didn’t help, his family would face starvation.
Q.43. What was the address written and how was the letter sent to God?
Ans. Lencho had an unshaken faith in God and his mercy. Therefore, he decided to write a letter to God for help. He wrote ‘To God’ on the envelope and put the letter inside. He went to the post office and placed a stamp on the letter. Finally, he dropped it into the mailbox.
Q.44. How did the postmaster react when a postman showed him the letter to God?
Ans. When a postman received Lencho’s letter, he laughed heartily and took that letter to the postmaster. The postmaster looked at the letter to God and laughed heartily too. However, he soon grew serious. He was impressed with the sender’s faith in God who tried to correspond him. “What a faith”! he could utter only such words.
Q.45. Why did the postmaster decide to answer Lencho’s letter?
Ans. After laughing at the very idea of a letter to God, the postmaster became serious soon. He was impressed with the unshaken faith of the sender in God. He wished he had the faith of the man who wrote that letter to God. So, in order not to shake the writer’s faith in God, the postmaster decided to answer the letter.
Q.46. How did the postmaster answer Lencho’s letter by sending him the money?
Ans. The postmaster didn’t want to shake the writer’s faith in God and so decided to help him. It needed something more than goodwill. So he collected money from his employees and himself contributed a part of the salary. He could collect only seventy pesos. He put the money into the envelope and put a single word `God’ as the signature and posted it to Lencho.
Q.47. Why did Lencho go a bit earlier than usual to the post office the following Sunday?
Ans. Lencho had firm faith in God and His mercy. He did expect a reply from Him. So, on the following Sunday, he went to the post office a bit earlier than usual. The postman handed over the letter to Lencho. The postmaster was only content to perform a good deed.
Q.48. Why did Lencho show no surprise on seeing the money?
Ans. Lencho had a firm faith in God. He did expect help from him. He didn’t show any surprise when he received the sum of seventy pesos. He believed in the mercy of God and expected definite help from him. So, he showed no surprise when he received the money.
Q.49. Why was Lencho angry after he counted the money?
Ans. Lencho had demanded a sum of a hundred pesos as an immediate help from God. He did hope in God’s mercy and help. However, his happiness was short-lived when he counted the money. The sum was short by 30 pesos. Lencho believed that God did send him a hundred pesos but the dishonest post office employees embezzled(stole) money.
Q.50. Why did Lencho ask help from God? Did he receive it?
Ans. Lencho had written a letter to God requesting him to send a sum of one hundred pesos. This money was necessary to show his fields again and to live until the new crop came. The help did come in the form of 70 pesos. Actually, it was not God but the kind-hearted postmaster who had collected the money and sent it to Lencho by post-signing God.’
Q.51. What did Lencho write in his second letter to God? Why did he ask Him not to send the rest of the money by post mail?
Ans. Lencho wrote to God that he received only 70 pesos out of the 100 that he had asked for. He asked God to send him the rest of the money as he needed it very much. He even asked God not to send the money through the postal mail. He said that the post office employees were dishonest and ‘a bunch of crooks’.
Q.52. Lencho has great faith in God. Does he have the same kind of faith in man? Taking examples from the story describes his attitude towards God and man.
Ans. Lencho’s crop was totally destroyed. He had great faith in God. He wrote a letter to God asking for a hundred pesos as help. The postmaster and the employees collected seventy pesos and sent the money to him. Lencho thought that the employees had stolen 30 pesos. He wrote another letter to God asking for 30 pesos more but not through the post office. He called the employees ‘a bunch of crooks’. This highlights Lencho’s attitude to God and man. He had full faith in God but didn’t have any faith in man.
Q.53. What is ironic about the ending of the story?
Ans. The end of the story is rather ironic. The postmaster was greatly impressed by Lencho’s faith in God. He didn’t want to shake his faith in God. He collected a sum of seventy pesos from his employees and contributed a part of his salary. However, his great act of charity was not recognised and appreciated by the man who received help. On the contrary, the helpers were ironically called ‘a bunch of crooks’.