Oral Comprehension Check:
a) What did Lencho hope for ?
Ans: Lencho hoped for rain as it would be good for his crops.
b) Why did Lencho say the raindrops were like ‘new coins’ ?
Ans: Lencho said the raindrops were like ‘new coins’ because his crops were ready for harvest and rain would help in bringing better harvest.
c) How did the rain change ? What happened to Lencho’s fields ?
Ans: Suddenly strong wind started blowing and along with rain large hailstones began to fall. After the rain, not a leaf remained on the trees. The corn was totally destroyed. The flowers were gone from the plants. The field was white, as if covered with salt.
d) What were Lencho’s feelings when the hail stopped ?
Ans: When the hail stopped, Lencho’s soul was filled with sadness on witnessing the destruction caused by the hail.
e) Who or what did Lencho have faith in ? What did he do ?
Ans: Lencho had faith in God. He wrote a letter to God describing his and his family’s situation and asked for help.
f) Who read the letter ?
Ans: The postmaster read the letter.
g) What did the postmaster do then ?
Ans: The postmaster decided to answer the letter, for that he collected 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’.
h) Was Lencho surprised to find a letter for him with money in it ?
Ans: No, Lencho was not surprised to find a letter for him with money in it.
i) What made him angry ?
Ans: He became angry when he counted the money.
Thinking About The Text:
a) Who does Lencho have complete faith in ? Which sentences in the story tell you this ?
Ans: Lencho have complete faith in God. The following sentences in the story tell us about this: “All through the night, Lencho thought only of his one hope: the help of God, whose eyes, as he has been instructed, see everything, even when what is deep in one’s conscience.”
b) Why does the postmaster send money to Lencho ? Why does he sign the letter ‘God’ ?
Ans: The postmaster was surprised by the faith of Lencho on God. He didn’t want to shake the faith of Lencho in God, so he decided to answer the letter. He signed the letter ‘God’ as to make Lencho feel that God himself had corresponded with him.
c) Did Lencho try to find out who had sent the money to him ? Why/Why not ?
Ans: No, Lencho didn’t try to find out who had sent the money to him because he had complete faith that God himself had corresponded with him.
d) Who does Lencho think has taken the rest of the money ? What is the irony in the situation ? ( Remember that the irony of a situation is an unexpected aspect of it. An ironic situation is strange or amusing because it is the opposite of what is expected )
Ans: Lencho thinks that the employees of the post office have taken the rest of the money. The irony in this situation is that in order to answer Lencho’s letter the employees of post office have contributed some money and the postmaster himself gave part of his salary, yet Lencho had called the employees of the post office a bunch of crooks.
e) 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 the question.
Ans: There may be some people like Lencho in the real world. He is naive and greedy kind of a person.
f) There are two kinds of conflict in the story: between humans and nature, and between humans themselves. How are these conflicts illustrated ?
Ans: The conflict between humans and nature is illustrated by the destruction of Lencho’s crops by the hail. Because of this conflict, Lencho’s soul filled with sadness. Another conflict between humans themselves is illustrated by Lencho’s attitude towards the employees of the post office. The employees and post master were not related to Lencho yet they contributed money in order to not to shake his faith in God. But in return Lencho called them crooks. Lencho’s faith in God but not on his fellow human beings show a conflict among humans themselves.