NCERT Class 7 English Solutions: The Ashes that Made Trees Bloom Chapter 4– Part 5

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Question 3:

Are you found of reading stories? Did you read one last month? If not, read one or two and then write a paragraph about the story. Use the following hints.

  • Title of the story

  • Name of author

  • How many characters

  • Which one you liked

  • Some details of the story

  • Main point(s) as you understand it

Tell your friends why they should also read it.

Answer:

In this story there is one main character Lencho, a hardworking farmer, and postmaster. I like the character of Lencho the most. He is such a God-fearing person who has immense faith in God. In this story we come across a farmer who is very hardworking. He gets a very upset when does not rain. The falling of rain makes him happy and he along with his sons runs to collect frozen pearls. But this happiness does not last long as his whole crop is completely destroyed just because of these hail storm. Now it is hard to survive for his family for the coming year.

He writes a letter to god to send him 100 pesos to last till next harvest. The postmaster, sensing the faith of the farmer comes forward to help. He with help of the other employees sends seventy pesos to Lencho. Lencho gets happy but annoyed also with post office employees. Now he writes again a letter to God that I got the help you send but post office employees have stolen my 25 pesos. They are bunch of crooks.

The main idea behind the story is that faith can even move mountains and help you scale any heights.

Working with the Poem

Question 1:

Discuss these questions in small groups before you answer them.

(i) When is a grown-up likely to say this? Don’t talk with your mouth full.

(ii) When are you likely to be told this? Say thank you.

(iii) When do you think an adult would say this? No one thinks you are funny.

Answer:

(i) When is a grown-up likely to say this? Don’t talk with your mouth full.

The grown-ups are likely to tell the children not to talk while their mouth is full of food.

(ii) When are you likely to be told this? Say thank you.

The children are likely to be reminded to Say thank you when they receive a gift or a favour from someone.

(iii) When do you think an adult would say this? No one thinks you are funny.

Adults are likely to tell children, ‘no one thinks you are funny’ when the children are too shy to speak or perform before the others.

Question 2:

The last two lines of the poem are not prohibitions or instructions. What is the adult now asking the child to do? Do you think the poet is suggesting that this is unreasonable? Why?

Answer:

The adult is now asking the child to think independently. The poet finds this entirely unreasonable because the young child has not been trained to use his mind. He has only been trained to follow the instructions given by the adults.

Question 3:

Why do you think grown-ups say the kind of things mentioned in the poem? Is it important that they teach children good manners, and how to behave in public?

Answer:

The adults constantly give instructions to their children for various reasons. They try to train them to behave in a decent, well-mannered and Sophisticated way. This, however, robs away their childlike innocence.

Question 4:

If you had to make some rules for grown-ups to follow, what would you say? Make at least five Such rules. Arrange the lines as in a poem.

Answer:

Don’t dictate and impose your rules. Your ways and thinking is different from ours and so are the times. Don’t talk over the phone while eating. Please spend some time with us.

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