NCERT Class 10th English First Flight Solutions Chapter 1 A Letter To God

In this article, we will share NCERT Solutions For Class 10th English First Light Chapter 1 “A Letter To God” by G.L Fuentes Introduction, Summary, Word-Meanings, NCERT 10th English Chapter 1 Textbook Questions and Additional Important Questions Solutions.

MP Board Class 10th English First Flight Solutions Chapter 1 A Letter To God By G.L Fuentes

Introduction

The Story, “A Letter to God” by G.L Fuentes revolves around the idea of having unquestionable belief in something.

Passage for Comprehension

Read the passage and answer the following questions:

  1. The House…………….. God willing”. (page 3)

Questions:

  1. Where was the House located?
  2. What did the field of corn dotted with flowers Promise?
  3. What did the earth need?
  4. Pick out the word from the passage which mean the same as (a) Peak, (b) Rain, (c) Food.

Answers:

  1. The house was located on the crest of a low hill.
  2. The field of ripe corn dotted with flowers always promised a good harvest.
  3. The earth needed an immediate shower as lencho need is for his good production off crops so that he will get a good price for his crops.
  4. (a) crest, (b) downpour, (c) supper.
  1. With a satisfied ………………….frozen pearls. (Page 4)

Questions:

  1. Who is ‘he’ in the passage?
  2. What did it suddenly change?
  3. What resembled new silver coins?
  4. Why did the children run out?

Answers:

  1. Lencho is ‘he’ in the passage.
  2. Suddenly, a strong wind began to blow and along with the rain very large hailstones began to fall along with the rain. The hail rained on the valley for an hour, because of which Lencho’s field were destroyed.
  3. Hailstones resembled the new silver coins.
  4. The Children ran out to collect the frozen pearls i.e., the hailstones.
  1. He wrote “To ……………….. with God. (Page 5-6)

Questions:

  1. Who is ‘he’ in the passage?
  2. Why did he write a letter to God?
  3. Who received the letter? Why did he laugh?
  4. Why did the postmaster become serious?

Answers:

  1. Lencho is ‘he’ in the passage.
  2. He wrote a letter to God asking for help.
  3. The postmaster received the letter. He laughed heartily to see a letter addressed to God. Nobody ever wrote to God.
  4. The postmaster become serious when he realised the deep faith of the writer in God.
  1. The Postmaster ……….. an act of charity’. (Page 5-6)

Questions:

  1. What kind of a person the postmaster was?
  2. How did the postmaster help Leencho?
  3. Find the exact word in similar meaning ‘without delay’ given in the passage?
  4. Determination is synonymous with ………

Answers:

  1. The postmaster was a fat, amiable and helpful fellow. He was very kind hearted.
  2. The postmaster help Lencho by collecting money from his employees and friends. He aslo a contribute a part of his salary for this act of charity.
  3. The word is ‘immediately’.
  4. Determination is synonyms with resolution.

NCERT Intext Questions

Oral Comprehension Check (Page 5)

Q 1. What did Lencho hope for?
Ans. Lencho hoped for a good rain desperately as he is a farmer who is waiting for his ripe corns to grow and harvest.

Q.2. Why did Lencho say the raindrops were like ‘new coins”?

Ans. Lencho compared the raindrops with new coins because the rain drops help his corn crops to grow healthier and in turn him a good harvest resulting in more prosperity.

Q 3. How did the rain change? What happened to Lencho’s fields?

Ans. The rain changed into hailstones as a strong wind began to blow and huge hailstones began to fall along with the rain. All the crops in Lencho’s field got destroyed by the hail stones. The flowers were gone from the plants and the com was totally destroyed.

Q.4. What were Lencho’s feelings when the hall stopped?

Ans. 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.

Oral Comprehension Check II (Page 6)

Q 1. Who or what did Lencho have faith in? What did he do?
Ans. Lencho had firm faith in God. He believed ‘that God sees everything, even what is deep in one’s conscience and help every one in one’s problems. He wrote a letter to God demanding him a hundred pesos to sow his field again.

Q 2. Who read the letter?
Ans. Postmaster read the letter.

Q.3. What did the postmaster do then?
Ans. 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.

Oral Comprehension Check III (Page 7)

Q 1. Was Lencho surprised to find a letter for him with money in it?
Ans. Lencho was not surprised to find a letter with money from God as he believed that God will help him.

Q 2. What made him angry?
Ans. There were only seventy pesos in the envelope whereas Lencho had demanded a hundred pesos. The difference in the amount made him angry.

Additional Important Questions

A. Short Answer Type Questions

Q 1. How was Lencho sure that it was going to rain?
Ans. Lencho knew his fields intimately and he could predict the weather by looking at the sky. His experienced eyes saw clouds and he predicted rain.

Q 2. What promised a good harvest?
Ans. Lencho felt that the field of ripe corn dot ted with flowers always promised a good harvest. That is why, he was anticipating a good harvest.

Q 3. How did Lencho’s prediction about rain come true?
Ans. Lencho had looked towards the north-east and remarked that they would get some rain. His prediction came true when it started raining in the evening.

Q 4. Why did Lencho not want the money to be sent through mail?
Ans. 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.

B. Long Answer Type Questions

Q.1. Describe the character of Lencho in the light of his faith and attitude towards God and man.

Ans. Lencho was a hardworking farmer who had immense faith in God. He had such an immense faith in the existence and helpfulness of God that he started communicating with him. He wrote a letter to God requesting him to send him one hundred pesos. When he received seventy pesos, he was not surprised at all. He even doubted the integrity of the post office employees who, he thought, had stolen his thirty pesos. He was a poor judge of human nature. His attitude towards man was negative. He could not think of a help from man.

Q.2. Bring out Lencho’s immense faith in God.

Ans. Lencho wanted some rain for his crop. The ripe corn stood proud in the field and promised a gcod harvest. Rain came, as he predicted but turned to hail and ruined his crop. Lencho’s heart was filled with sorrow. But he did not lose heart. He had firm belief in God. wrote a letter to God, asking him to send 100 pesos so that he could sow his field again. He dropped the letter in the mail. The postmaster read the letter addressed to ‘God’ and to pre serve the man’s faith in God, he raised 70 pesos and sent them to Lencho. Lencho could not believe that God had made a mistake. He wrote again asking God to send the rest of the money, but not through mail. He believed that the post office employees were ‘a bunch of crooks’.

NCERT Textbook Questions

Thinking About the Text

Question 1. Who does Lencho have complete faith in? Which sentences in the story tell you this?

Answer: Lencho has complete faith in God. The sentences are: “All through the night, Lencho thought only of his one hope : the help off God, whose eyes… see everything, even what is deep in one’s conscience”.

Question 2. Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’?

Answer: The postmaster send the money to Lencho, to keep alive the trust off lencho in God. As he read lencho’s letter he grew serious and wished he had the same faith in God. Even after seeing that lencho had asked for money, he stuck to his pledge to answer the message. He raised as much money as he was able to and sent it to Lencho. He signed it as God so as not sake Lencho’s faith in him.

Question 3. Did lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him? Why/Why not?

Answer: No, Lencho does not try to find out who had sent the money to him. This is because he had great confidence in God and never suspected that it could be someone else other than God who had would send him the money. His faith in God was so strong that he believed that God had sent him the money.

Question 4. Who does lencho think has taken the rest of the of the money? What is the irony in the situation? (Remember that the irony of a situation is an unexpected as-pect of it. An ironic situation is strange or amusing because it is the opposite of what is expected.)

Answer: Lencho think that the rest of the money has been taken by the post office officials. The element of irony in the situation is that lencho ends up suspecting those people who helped him in his crisis in order to avoid shaking his faith in god.

Question 5. 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 thee question.

greedyNativestupidungreatful
selfishcomicalunquestioning

Answer: yes, there are still people like lencho in the world. He is such a person who can go to any extent in his faith in God. He is resolute, determined an firm. lencho is also ‘native’, ‘stupid’ and unquestioning nature.

Question 6. There are two kinds of conflict in the story: between humans and nature, and between humans themselves. How are these conflicts illustrated?

Answer: The conflict between human beings and nature is demonstrated by the devastation by hailstorms on Lencho’s crops. lencho had been very working hard on his fields and for him, the harvest was very important. He required the money to feed his family. Nature tuned violent. when hailstorm stuck the field and destroyed his crops. the tale also highlights a particular dispute, between people themselves. Together with the help of other post office staff, the postmaster gave lencho the money they could raise. they were in no way linked to Lencho. On their part, it has been an act of generosity and selflessness. While they have done a good deed, Lencho has blamed them ffor taking some money away. he Called them “a crooks ‘bunch.” This shows that man has no faith in his fellow human beings, and thus gives rise to this conflict.

Thinking About Language

I. look at the following sentence from the story.

Suddenly a strong wind began to blow and along with the rain very large hailstones began to fall.

‘Hailstones’ are small balls of ice that fall like rain. A storm in which hailstones fall is a ‘hailstorm’. You know that a storm is bad weather with strong winds, rain, thunder and lightning.

There are different names in different parts off 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? you may use a dictionary to help you.

gale, whirlwind, cyclone, hurricane, tornado, typhoon.

  1. A violent tropical storm in which strong winds move in a circle: _____c___
  2. An extremely strong wind: ___a____
  3. A violent tropical storm with very strong winds :______P_____
  4. A violent storm whose centre is a cloud in the shape of a funnel: ___n_____
  5. A violent storm with very strong winds, especially in the western Atlantic ocean: ______r____
  6. A very strong wind that moves very fast in a spinning movement and causes a lot of damage: _____l_____

Answers:
1. Cyclone 2. Gale 3. Typhoon 4. Tornado 5. Hurricane 6. Whirlwind.

II. Notice how the word ‘hope’ is used in these sentences from the story.

(a) I hope it (the hailstorm) passes quickly.
(b) There was a single hope: help from God.

In the first example, ‘hope’ is a verb which means you wish for something to happen. In the second example it is a noun meaning a chance for something to happen.

Match the sentences in Column ‘A’ with the meanings of ‘hope’ in Column ‘B’:

NCERT 10th English First Flight Chapter 1 A Letter To God

III. Relative Clauses

Look at these sentences

(a) All morning Lencho who knew his fields intimately looked at the sky.
(b) The woman, who was preparing supper, replied, “Yes, God willing.”

The italicised parts of the sentences give us more information about Lencho and the woman. We call them ‘relative clauses. Notice that they begin with a relative pronoun’ who. Other common relative which. pronouns are whom, whose, and Which.

The relative clauses in (a) and (b) above are called ‘non-defining, because we al ready know the identity of the person they describe. Lencho is a particular person, and there is a particular woman he speaks to. We don’t need the information in the relative clause to pick these people out from a larger set.

A non-defining relative clause usually has a comma in front of it and a comma after it (some writers use a dash (-) in stead, as in the story). If the relative clause comes at the end, we just put a full stop.

Join the sentences given below using who, whom, whose, which as suggested.

  1. I often go to Mumbai. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India. (which)
  2. My mother is going to host a TV show on cooking. She cooks very well. (who)
  3. These sportspersons are going to meet the President. Their performance has been excellent. (whose)
  4. Lencho prayed to God. His eyes see into our minds. (whose)
  5. This man cheated me. I trusted (Whom)

Answers

  1. I often go to Mumbai, which is the commercial capital of India.
  2. My mother, who cooks very well, is going to host a TV show on cooking.
  3. These sportspersons, whose performance has been excellent, are going to meet the President.
  4. Lencho prayed to God, whose eyes see into our minds.
  5. This man, whom I trusted, cheated me. Sometimes the relative pronoun in a relative clause remains ‘hidden’. For example, look at the first sentence of the story:

(a) The house the only one in the entire valley sat on the crest of a low hill. We can rewrite this sentence as:
(b) The house which was the only one in the entire valley-sat on the crest of a low hill.
In (a), the relative pronoun ‘which land the verb ‘was’ are not present.
Ans. This man whom I trusted cheated me.

IV. Using Negatives for Emphasis

We know that sentences with words such as no, not or nothing show the absence of something, or contradict something. For example:
(a) This year we will have no comm. (Corn will be absent)
(b) The hail has left nothing. (Absence of a crop)
(c) These aren’t raindrops falling from the sky, they are new coins (Contradicts the common idea of what the drops of water falling from the sky are)
But sometimes negative words are used just to emphasise an idea. Look at these sentences from the story:
(d) Lencho…had done nothing else but see the sky towards the north-east. (He had done only this)
(e) The man went out for no other reason than to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body. (He had only this rea son)
(f) Lencho showed not the slightest surprise on seeing the money. (He showed no surprise at all)

Now look back at example (c). Notice that the contradiction in fact serves to emphasise the value or usefulness of the rain to the farmer.

Find sentences in the story with negative words, which express the following ideas emphatically.

1. The trees lost all their leaves.
Ans. The trees lost all their leaves. Not a leaf remained on the trees.

2. The letter was addressed to God him self.
Ans. The letter was addressed to God himself. It was nothing less than a letter to God.

3. The postman saw this address for the first time in his career.
Ans. The postman saw this address for the first time in his career. Never in his career as a postman had he known that address.

V. Metaphors

The word ‘metaphor comes from a Greek word meaning “transfer. Metaphors com pare two things or ideas: a quality or fea ture of one thing is transferred to another thing. Some common metaphors are

  • the leg of the table: The leg supports our body. So the object that supports a table is described as a leg.
  • the heart of the city: The heart is an important organ in the centre of our body. So this word is used to describe the central area of a city.

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.

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NCERT Class 10th English Chapter 1 Speaking

1. Have you ever been in great difficulty, and felt that only a miracle could help you? How was your problem solved? Speak about this in class with your teacher.

Ans. Yes, once I fell in a great difficulty. I had mild asthma. I couldn’t take the medicine in time. In fact, I forgot. The weather became cloudy and stuffy. There came the asthmatic attack on me. I had my inhaler with me. But it had only one puff. I puffed at it. There was no relief. I started gasp ing for breath. I saw my end was near as I gasped and gasped for breath. Suddenly, my mother found another inhaler. She gave it to me to puff. I puffed and felt some re lief. I was at once taken to hospital.

Summary In English

Lencho’s house and crop

Lencho had his lonely house in the valley It was situated on the top of a low hill. From there one could see the river and the fields. Leneho had a good crop. But it needed rains badly.

It starts raining

Lencho saw the sky in the north. It had rain clouds. His wife was preparing the dinner. He told her that God willing it would rain. Soon big drops of rain began to fall. Lencho went out to feel the rain on his body. He was very glad. He said that the drops of rain were new coins.

Hailstorm and loss therefrom

But soon the hail rained on everywhere. The fields became white as if covered with salt. The crop was totally destroyed. Lencho became sad. He felt that they would go hungry that year. Also they would have no seeds for the next crop.

Lencho writes to God

But Lencho had a single hope: help from God. He was sure that no one dies of hunger. He had a great belief in God. The following Sunday he went to the post office. He wrote a letter to God, to send him one hundred pesos. He wrote ‘God’ as the address.

Postmaster collects money for Lencho

An employee of the post office showed this letter to the postmaster. The postmaster laughed seeing the address. He wished to have such a faith in God. He had had an idea answer the let ter. But reading it he found that the writer needed money. It was to keep the fanth of the writer Se he asked all his friends and employees to give some money

Money sent to Lencho

The postmaster could collect only seventy pesos and he put the money in an envelope and addressed it to Lencho. He wrote a single word on it ‘God’ as a signature.

Lencha receives the money

The following Sunday Lencho came to the post office. He asked if there was any letter for him. He was given that letter. Lencho did not show any surprise on seeing the money. He got angry when he counted the money. He was sure that God could have never made such a grave mistake.

Lencho’s letter to God, calls post office employees crooks

Immediately Lencho wrote a other letter to God. He put it into the mailbox. The postmaster opened it. Lencho had written in that letter that he had received only seventy pesos. But he had asked for one hundred pesos. He asked God to send him the rest. But God should not send it through the mail. It was because the post office employees were crooks.

Conclusion

In this story we learnt that faith has the pow er to give us what we want, to fulfil our needs However, one must realise that humanity still prevails.

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