A Letter to God (CBSE) - Extract Based comprehension Questions-Answers

 A Letter to God

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It did not pass quickly. For an hour the hail rained on the house, the garden, the hillside, the cornfield, on the whole valley. The field was white, as if covered with salt. Not a leaf remained on the trees. The corn was totally destroyed. The flowers were gone from the plants. Lencho's soul was filled with sadness. 

Q.1. What does it' refer to in the first sentence?
Ans. 'it' refers to the sudden hailstorm that destroyed Lencho's crops completely.

Q.2. What is ironical about the situation as described in the above extract?
Ans. A moment ago, Lencho was happy and hopeful that a rain shower would boost his harvest. But ironically, it turned to hailstorm and consequently his crops were destroyed completely.

Q.3. Why was Lencho's soul filled with sadness? 
Ans. Lencho's soul was filled with sadness because his corn had been completely destroyed. 

Q.4. What did he do to overcome the situation?
Ans. Lencho did not lose hope. He was sure that God would help him. So, he wrote a letter to God and demanded hundred pesos to sow seeds again.


But in the hearts of all who lived in that solitary house in the middle of the valley, there was a single hope : help from God.
"Don't be so upset, even though this seems like a total loss. Remember, no one dies of hunger.' 

Q.1. But in the hearts of all .. Who are 'all' here?
Ans. Here, all' refers to Lencho, his wife and their children.

Q.2. What loss had they suffered?
Ans. Their entire crop was destroyed due to a hailstorm

Q.3. Who speaks Don't be upset... and to whom?
Ans. Lencho speaks these words to his wife. 

Q.4. What light does this statement throw on the character of the speaker?'
Ans. This shows that Lencho never lost hope. Although his entire crop was destroyed, yet he kept hope that everything would be all right.


Lencho was an ox of a man, working like an animal in the fields, but still he knew how to write. The following Sunday, at daybreak, he began to write a letter which he himself would carry to town and place in the mail.

Q.1. Explain Lencho was an as of a man.. 
Ans. It means that Lencho was a hard working farmer

Q.2. To whom did he write a letter? Why did he have to write the letter? 
Ans. He wrote a letter to God. He had to write this letter because his crop was destroyed and he hoped to receive help from God. 

Q.3. Did the letter wach the addressee? Why/Why not? 
Ans. No, the letter did not reach the addressee. It was because the letter was addressed to God whose address is not known to anybody.

Q.4. What impression do you form of Lencho from this episode?
Ans. This episode tells us that Lencho was a simple hearted man who had a firm faith in God.


Never in his career as a postman had he known that address. 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!" 

Q.1. Whose address is being talked about in the opening sentence?
Ans. The address of God.

Q.2. The postmaster laughed at first and then turned serious. What made him feel serious?
Ans. The postmaster became serious on seeing Lencho's indomitable faith in God

Q.3. What kind of a fellow was the postmaster? Ans. The postmaster was a fat and amiable fellow.
He was charitable too. 

Q.4. What do we know about the writer's trait, from this passage?
Ans. We understand that he has infinite faith in God.


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. Immediately, Lencho went up to the window to ask for paper and ink. On the public writing-table, he started to write with much wrinkling of his brow, caused by the effort he had to make to express his ideas.

Q.1. Why did Lencho not show the slightest surprise on seeing the money?
And. He did not show any surprise on seeing the money because he was expecting to get this money.

Q.2. Why did he become angry?
Ans. He became angry because he had not received the same amount of money as he had demanded.

Q.3. God could not have made a mistake,... What 'mistake is being talked about?
Ans. The difference of 30 pesos in the amount demanded for and the amount received. 

Q.4. What did Lencho decide to do to reduce his agony? 
Ans. He decided to write a letter of complaint to God


"....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."

Q.1. Whose words are these and to whom are they addressed?
Ans. These are Lencho's words addressed to God.

Q.2. What does the writer need very much and why? 
Ans. The writer needs money to sow seeds in his fields once again. 

Q.3. Why does the writer call post office employees a bunch of crooks'?
Ans. It is because he thinks that the post office: employees have stolen money from the packet sent by God. 

Q.4. What is ironical about the statement a bunch of crooks?
Ans. It is ironical that Lencho unknowingly calls those people a bunch of crooks' who had collected money to help him.


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.

Q.1. How did Lencho feel when he saw his fields covered with the curtain of rain?
Ans. Lencho felt satisfied.

Q.2. What followed the rain?
Ans. A strong wind followed the rain

Q.3. What did hailstones resemble? 
Ans. They resembled with silver coins.

Q.4. How did these new silver coins bring disaster lo him? 
Ans. These new silver coins turned into hailstones which destroyed all his crops and ruined his hopes


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. The following Sunday, at daybreak, he began to write a letter which he himself would carry to town and place in the mail. It was nothing less than a letter to God.

Q.1. What did Lencho think throughout the night? 
Ans. He thought of one hope the help of God.

Q.2. What does Lencho was an ar of a man' imply? 
Ans. He was very hardworking-he worked like an ox

Q.3. Which line suggests that Lencho was literate?
Ans. "The following Sunday.. he began to write a letter." This line suggests that Lencho was literate

Q.4.What strange action did Lencho take? 
Ans. Lencho's strange action was his letter addressed to God.

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