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A Letter to God A Letter to God

What did Lencho hope for?
Lencho hoped for rain as he needed it for his fields. Only good rain could assure him a good harvest.
Why did Lencho say the raindorps were like ‘new coins’?
How did the rain change? What happened to Lencho’s field?
What were Lencho’s feelings when the hail stones stopped?
Who or what did Lencho have faith in? What did he do?
What did the postmaster do?
Was Lencho surprised to find a letter for him with money in it?
Who does Lencho have complete faith in? Which sentences in the story tell you this?
Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’?
Did Lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him? Why/Why not?
Who does Lencho think has taken the rest of the money? What is the irony in the situation?
The house — the only one in the entire valley — sat on the crest of a low hill. From thisheight 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 downpour or at least a shower. Throughout themorning Lencho — who knew his fields intimately — had done nothing else but see the sky towards the north-east. “Now we’re really going to get some water, woman.” The woman who was preparing supper, replied, “Yes, God willing”. a. Where was Lencho’s house located? b. What was Lencho’s wife preparing? c. Find out the word from the passage which means ‘very closely’. d. What was Lencho waiting for?
It was during the meal that, just as Lencho had predicted, big drops of rain began to fall. In the north-east huge mountains of clouds could be seen approaching. The air was fresh and sweet. The man went out for no other reason than to have the pleasure of feeling the rain on his body a. What could be seen approaching in the North-East? b. Why did Lencho go out? c. Give an antonym of the word ‘big’
With a satisfied expression he regarded the field of ripe corn with its flowers, draped in a curtain of rain. But suddenly a strong wind began to blow and along with the rain very large hailstones began to fall. These truly did resemble new silver coins. The boys, exposing themselves to the rain, ran out to collect the frozen pearls. a. What happened to the rain suddenly? b. What did the hailstones truly resemble? c. What did the boys do?
The corn was totally destroyed. The flowers were gone from the plants. Lencho’s soul was filled with sadness. a. Why was Lencho filled with despair and sadness? b. How badly the crop was destroyed? c. Find the word for ‘shattered’.
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. Lencho was an ox of a man, working like an animal in the fields, but still he knew how to write. a. Who was Lencho’s only hope? b. Why Lencho has been compared with an ox? c. Give one word for ‘sense of right and wrong’.
Was Lencho’s reaction towards post office employees right?
Write a character sketch of postmaster.
Write a character sketch of Lencho.
Why did Lencho not want the money to be sent through mail?
How much money did Lencho need? How much did he get?
Why did Lencho write a letter to god?
What did Lencho compare the raindrops to and why?
Give a brief description of the view from Lencho’s house?
Who was Lencho? What were his main problem?
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.” a. What did Lencho did with the stamp? b. What did the postmaster do when the letter fell into the mailbox and why? c. Find out the word which has the similar meaning as ‘attached’ used in the passage.
The following Sunday Lencho came a bit earlier than usual to ask if there was a letter for him. It was the postman himself who handed the letter to him while the postmaster, experiencing the contentment of a man who has performed a good deed, looked on from his office. Lencho showed not the slightest surprise on seeing the money; such was his confidence — but he became angry when he counted the money. God could not have made a mistake, nor could he have denied Lencho what he had requested. a. Why did Lencho come earlier to the post office? b. Why was Lencho angry when he counted money? c. Find the word which means the opposite of permitted from the passage.
The postmaster — a fat, amiable fellow — also broke out laughing, but almost immediately he turned serious and, tapping the letter on his desk, commented, “What faith! I wish I had the faith of the man who wrote this letter. Starting up a correspondence with God!” So, in order not to shake the writer’s faith in God, the postmaster came up with an idea: answer the letter. But when he opened it, it was evident that to answer it he needed something more than goodwill, ink and paper. But he stuck to his resolution: he asked for money from his employees, he himself gave part of his salary, and several friends of his were obliged to give something ‘for an act of charity’. a. What kind of a man was the postmaster? b. How did the postmaster help Lencho? c. Find the exact word in similar meaning ‘without delay’.

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