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Class 10 English

a letter to god

Q1)Lencho has complete faith in God.

The lines in the story that tell us this are, “All through the night, Lencho thought only ofhis one hope: the help of God, whose eyes, as he had been instructed, see everything, even what is deep in one’s conscience.” “Lencho showed not the slightest surprise onseeing the money; such was his confidence. “

2)The postmaster was shaken by Lencho's absolute faith in God. In order to let that faith remain unbroken he arranged money for Lencho.

The postmaster put it in an envelope and signed it God because he wanted Lencho to think that his letter had been answered by God.

3)Lencho did not try to find out who had sent him the money.

He did not try because he was confident that God would reply his letter.

4)Lencho assumed that that the post office employees had taken the rest of the money.

The irony in the situation is that the employees of the post office , whom Lencho assumed as thieves, had arranged money for him and put it an envelope addressed to Lencho and signed as God.

5)Yes, people like Lencho exist in the real word.

From the words given, Lencho can be described as naïve and unquestioning.

6)The conflict between humans and nature is reflected by the destruction of Lencho's crops by the hailstorm. With the first drops, Lencho was happy and greeted them as new coins. However, soon the course of nature change and his efforts of one year lay wasted before him.

The conflicts between human and hans is portrayed by Lencho calling the post office employees crooks. In fact, they were the people who had answered Lencho’s letter to God and had arranged money for him.

7)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? You may use a dictionary to help you.

A violent tropical strom in which strong winds move in a circle Cyclone
An extremely strong wind gale
A violent tropical storm with very strong winds Typhoon
A violent storm whose centre is a cloud in the shape of a funnel Tornado
A violent storm with very strong winds, especially in the western Atlantic Ocean Hurricane
A very strong wind that moves very fast in a spinning movement and causes a lot of damage Whirlwind

8)Match the sentences in Column A with the meanings of ‘hope’ in Column B.

column-A Column-B
1. Will you get the subjects you want to study in college? I hope so. thinking that this would happen (It may or may not have happened.)
2. I hope you don’t mind my saying this, but I don’t like the way you are arguing. showing concern that what you say should not offend or disturb the other person: a way of being polite
3. This discovery will give new hope to HIV/AIDS sufferers a feeling that something good will probably happen
4. We were hoping against hope that the judges would not notice our mistakes. wishing for something to happen, although this is very unlikely
5. I called early in the hope of speaking to her before she went to school. wanting something to happen (and thinking it quite possible)
6. Just when everybody had given up hope, the fishermen came back, seven days after the cyclone. stopped believing that this good thing would happen

9)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)
    I often go to Mumbai, which is the commercial capital of India.
  • 2. My mother is going to host a TV show on cooking. She cooks very well.(who)
    My mother, who is going to host a TV show on cooking, cooks very well.
  • 3. These sportspersons are going to meet the President. Their performance has been excellent. (whose)
    These sportspersons, whose performance has been excellent, are going to meet the principal.
  • 4. Lencho prayed to God. His eyes see into our minds. (whose)
    Lencho prayed to God, whose eyes see into our minds.
  • 5. This man cheated me. I trusted him. (whom)
    This man, whom I trusted, cheated me.

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

  • The trees lost all their leaves.
    Not a leaf remained on the trees.
  • The letter was addressed to God himself.
    It was nothing less than a letter to God.
  • The postman saw this address for the first time in his career.
    Never in his career as a postman had he known that address.

11)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 The mass or ‘hugeness’of clouds The mass or ‘hugeness’ of mountains
Raindrops A curtain of rain The quality of rain to cover/drape a large region
Hailstorms The frozen pearls The hardness of the pearls
Locusts A plague of locusts Mass destruction caused by the plague
Locusts A plague of locusts An epidemic (a disease) that spreads very rapidly and leaves many people dead
Man An ox of man Hard work done by an ox in extreme conditions