CBSE has changed the question pattern from straightforward plain textual questions to COMPETENCY-BASED subjective questions which need thorough practice and learning to answer correctly. These questions are imported from CBSE question bank 2021 but due to the exam cancellation in 2021, these questions have now become important for Class 10 2021-2022 Term 1 and Term 2 Board exams.
That’s why Essayshout has brought to you the answer key (inclusive of Subjective Answers) for lesson ‘A Letter to God’ Class 10. Watch the attached video for a Hindi explanation.
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(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 northeast.
i Based on the detail of the house’s location, how can it best be described?
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 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.
|1. Heavy Rain||(i) light rain that falls in very fine drops|
|2. Thunderstorm||(ii) very heavy rain, tropical rain|
|3. Drizzle||(iii) it’s coming down quite strong and you get wet very quickly|
|4. Torrential Rain||(iv) really heavy rain that comes very suddenly|
|5. Downpour||(v) violent short-lived weather disturbance associated with lightning, thunder and gusty winds|
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 cornfield.”
d) “Those too lazy to plough in the right season will have no food at the
Answer Key- (A) (i) C (ii) b (iii) d (iv) d (v) a
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(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?
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
Answer key- (B) (i) d (ii) c (iii) d (iv) d (v) d
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Q10 Answer in 20-30 words (2 Marks)
Q1. People get support from family and friends during bad times. How does Lencho’s family behave after the harvest is ruined?
Ans 1. After the harvest is ruined, Lencho’s family consoles him by saying that no one dies of hunger and God would take care of them.
Q2. ‘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?
Ans2. This line tells us that normally the farmers working in the fields are hard-working but uneducated. They can work like an ox in the fields. But, Lencho could read and write. He wrote a letter to God for help after the hailstorm destroyed his cornfields.
Q3. What, according to you would have been the likely reaction of Lencho’s wife upon knowing about him writing an actual letter to God?
Ans3. According to me, she would have been happy knowing that Lencho had informed God about their loss and help would reach them soon. She had a deep faith in God. She believed that no one can die of hunger because God takes care of everyone’s basic needs.
According to me, Lencho’s wife would have scolded him for doing the stupid act of writing a letter to God. She would explain to him that God can’t be reached through a letter. She would try to convince him to ask for help from their relatives or friends.
Q4. 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’?
Ans4. The postmaster was very keen to know Lencho’s reaction. As soon as Lencho left the post office, the postmaster opened the envelope to read his reply. He was expecting a note of thankfulness to God in the letter.
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Q11 Answer in 40-50 words (3Marks)
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? (Most expected question)
Ans. A hailstorm can be compared to small balls of anything that is white in colour. But, here, the comparison to salt is much better than sugar cubes. As sugar symbolises sweetness or happiness, whereas excess salt signifies the spoilt taste. The hailstorm spoiled Lencho’s fields totally that’s why it is said that the field was white as if covered with salt. So, comparing it with sugar would not have been more appropriate.
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 turned into a hailstorm.
Ans. Conversation between Lencho and his wife –
Wife: If this storm does not stop here, we will die of hunger.
Lencho: Yes, our hard work will go to waste. It must stop now.
Wife; We will have no corn left this year.
Lencho: Don’t worry, God can see everything and He will not let us die of hunger.
Wife: Let’s hope so. I have heard that no one dies of hunger.
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?
Ans. I do not justify his approach of relying solely on God’s help. It was totally illogical. Sorrow and happiness are two phases of life that everyone must stay prepared to face. Besides, praying to God for his mental calmness he should have approached his relatives for help and work hard again.
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Q12 Answer in 100-120 words (beyond text and across texts)
i The people at the post office contribute to putting 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!
Answer: (a)The main reason behind their help could be empathy. If I were in the place of one of the employees I would have definitely helped Lencho by giving out some money. “Many a little makes a mickle”. One rupee donated by 100 people would make up to 100 rupees without making much difference to the donor. However, it would be a big help for the donee.
(b) Of course, an employee can’t say ‘no’ to a helping deed initiated by his/her boss. But, as an employee, I consider it right to help a distressed person. It is the moral duty of every human to help a needy person. You never know, maybe, it’s your turn next time. I believe that ‘Charity always begins at home.
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!
Answer: The given anecdote is similar to the lesson- ‘A letter to God’ in the following ways- Both Lencho and the woman in the story believed blindly in God. Just like Lencho did not try any other source, the woman also waited patiently for God’s help. The two stories verify that God listens to the people, by any means, who trust him.
The two stories stand apart in the following manner- The woman in the story was helped with the intention of ridicule. Whereas the postmaster tried to help Lencho to sustain his belief in God. The woman felt grateful for getting the help. Lencho, on the opposite, started yelling at the postmaster. The intentions of the people helping the victim are different in both stories. The man in the above story wanted to shake the woman’s belief in God by sending help as a devil. The postmaster collected money for Lencho because he did not want him to lose faith in God.
iii The postmaster was a representative of God. Evaluate this statement in the context of your understanding of ‘A Letter to God”.
Answer: The postmaster is rightly depicted as a representative of God because he managed to collect money for Lencho who was helpless at that time. It is believed that God can’t be physically present everywhere to help his children, so He sends help through his messengers. People believe that He relieves their sufferings through his representatives. He can be understood as representative of God as he made efforts to Lencho’s prayers which were addressed to God. He even replied to Lencho’s letter on behalf of God so that his belief in God is not shaken. Though the postmaster was a human being, his helping action can be compared to the representative of God.
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