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L-1 A Letter to God

(A) 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 good downpour or at least a shower. Throughout the morning Lencho -who knew his fields intimately- had done nothing but see the sky towards the north-east.

Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract-

i )Based on the detail of the house’s location, how can it best be described?

a) majestic

b) Imposing

c) solitary

d) Unique

ii) The field of corn dotted with flowers means that

a) Not a single flower was bigger than a dot

b) The flowers were scattered across.

c) The flowers were in shaped like dots.

d) The flowers had shrunk in size.

iii)Lencho wished for a downpour or a heavy shower. Pick the option that correctly lists the correct match for kinds of rain.

a) 1-ii,2-iv,3-v,4-i,5-iii

b) 1-iv,2-i,3-iii,4-v,5-ii

c) 1-v,2-iii,3-iv,4-ii,5-i

d) 1-iii,2-v,3-i,4-ii,5-iv

iv)Based on the given extract, what is Lencho NOT likely to think while looking at his field?

a) Option (i)

b) Option (ii)

c) Option (iii)

d) Option (iv)

v) Which quote supports the idea in the given extract?

a) “Farming is a profession of hope.”

b) “I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.”

c) “Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”

d) “Those too lazy to plough in the right season will have no food at the harvest.”

(B) 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.”

i) ‘…bunch of crooks.’ Pick the option that DOES NOT collate with ‘bunch of’, correctly.

a) Option (i)

b) Option (ii)

c) Option (iii)

d) Option (iv)

ii )What was the most likely response that the postmaster expected in Lencho’s second letter?

i) sorrowful

ii) gratitude

iii) disappointment

iv) elation

v) shock

a) ii and v

b) i and iii

c) ii and iv

d) iii and v

iii) Pick the option that lists the option corresponding to—’with a blow of his fist.’

a) Option (i)

b) Option (ii)

c) Option (iii)

d) Option (iv)

IV)Lencho’s letter included

a) Details of his problems.

b) Description of the post office.

c) Belief of being looted.

d) List of further demands.

v) Pick the most suitable quote for this extract.

a) “It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” – Mark Twain

b) “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”- Confucius

c) “You see a person’s true colours when you are no longer beneficial to their life.” anonymous

d) “True generosity means accepting ingratitude.” – Coco Chanel

Q10 Answer in 20-30 words-

i) People get support from family and friends during bad times. How does Lencho’s family behave after the harvest is ruined?

ii) ‘Lencho was an ox of a man, working like an animal in the fields, but still he knew how to write.’ What does this line tell us about the norm amongst? Such farmers, then?

iii) What, according to you would have been the likely reaction of Lencho’s wife upon knowing about him writing an actual letter to God?

iv)  Lencho waited eagerly for a reply to his letter to God. Do you think the postmaster was also very keen to know Lencho’s reaction upon receiving the ‘reply’?

Q11 Answer in 40-50 words

i) ‘The field was white, as if covered with salt.’ This is how the field is described after the hailstorm. The pelting hailstones could have been easily seen as sugar cubes. Do you think comparing it with sugar would have been more appropriate? Why/ Why not?

ii) Lencho and his family knew the implications the hailstorm would have on their lives. Write a conversation between Lencho and his wife as they watched the downpour turn to a hailstorm.

iii) Lencho did not bother exploring any other means to resolve his situation but just turned to God. Do you feel that his approach was justified? Why/Why not?

Q12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)

i) The people at the post-office contribute to put together whatever they can manage, for Lencho.

(a) What do you think was the main reason behind their help? Would you have done the same if you were one of the employees?

(b) As an employee, write about your perspective and reason(s) for contributing to the fund. The fact that you don’t want to say ‘no’ to a cause initiated by your boss can also be an equally compelling reason!

ii) Read the given anecdote and analyse the similarities and differences with reference to ‘A Letter to God’.

A very poor woman called-in a radio station asking for help from God. A non-believer, also listening to this radio program, decided to make fun of the woman. He got her address, called his secretary and ordered her to buy food and take it to the woman. However, the instruction was: “When the woman asks who sent the food, tell her that it’s from the devil.” When the secretary arrived at the woman’s house, the woman was very happy and grateful for the help. The Secretary then asked her, ”Don’t you want to know who sent the food?” The woman replied, ”No, I don’t even care because when God orders, even the devil obeys!

iii) The postmaster was a representative of God. Evaluate this statement in the context of your understanding of ‘A Letter to God”.

Answer key for MCQs-

Q3. (A)————————-

 (i) C

 (ii) B

(iii) D

(iv) D

(v) A

(B) ——————-

(i) d

(ii) c

(iii) d

(iv) d

(v) d

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