Passage for Exercise-1

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below:

   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 downpour or at least a shower. Throughout the morning Lencho — who knew his fields intimately has 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”. The older boys were working in the field, while the smaller ones were playing near the house until the woman called to them all, “Come for dinner’. It was during the meal that, just as Lencho had predictéd, 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, and when he returned he exclaimed, These aren’t raindrops falling from the sky, they are new coins. The big drops are ten cent pieces and the little ones are fives.”


(a) Where was Lencho’s house located?
(b) What would one see from there?
(c) What did the earth need?
(d) What was Lencho’s profession?
(e) Where were the older boys working?
(f) The word ‘crest’ here means.

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