Passage for Exercise-2

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

   “It’s really getting bad now,” exclaimed the man. “I hope it passes quickly.” — 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. When the storm had passed, he stood in the middle of the field and said to his sons, “A plague of locusts would have left more than this. The hail has left nothing. This year we will have no corn.”
   That night was a sorrowful one.
   All our work, for nothing.”
   There’s no one who can help us.”
   “We’ll all go hungry this year.”
   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. : Sate “Don’t be so upset, even though this seems like a total loss. Remember, no one dies of hunger.”
   “That’s what they say: no one dies of hunger.”


(a) For how many hours did the hail rain on the house?
(b) What happened to Lencho’s fields?
(c) What were Lencho’s feelings when the hail stopped?
(d) Why was Lencho’s family full of sorrow?
(e) Which thing gave them consolation?
(f) The word ‘solitary’ means

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