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The Wrath of Heaven Chapter Summary and Question Answers
The chapter “The Wrath of Heaven,” is originally from the Arabic language. This story teaches us about taking responsibility for our actions and seeking forgiveness for the mistakes we make in our lives. It also emphasizes the positive outcomes that come from being selfless.
The Wrath of Heaven Chapter Word Meanings
|the place where somebody is going
|to give a talk on a religious subject
|to do penance
|a person who lives in a particular place
|to speak angrily to somebody because he/she has done something wrong
|something that you cannot see clearly
|filled with fog
|कोहरे से भरा हुआ
|دھند سے بھرا ہوا
|the edge of the road
|सड़क के किनारे
|راستے کے کنارے
|left completely and no longer used or wanted
|very great in amount
|speaking in a low, quiet voice that is difficult to hear
|a very hard grey stone that produces small flames when you hit it against steel
|चकमक पत्थर जिसे स्टील से टकराने पर छोटी-छोटी लपटें निकलती हैं
|چکمک پتھر جسکو سٹیل سے ٹکرانے پر چھوٹی چھوٹی لپٹیں نکلتی ہیں۔
|a sign that something is happening
|अभिव्यक्ति, कुछ घटित होने के संकेत
|very great anger
|without being forced
|رضاکارانہ طور پر
|to take a sudden loud breath with your mouth open, usually because you are surprised or in pain
|साँस फूलने की अवस्था
|flowing in a thin line
|बूँद- बूँद टपकना
|قطرہ قطرہ ٹپکنا
|very unpleasant or unkind
|भयंकर, बहुत अप्रिय या निर्दयी
|بہت ناخوشگوار یا غیر مہذب
|to arrange for something to be given to somebody after you have died
|not understanding something
|money, food, and clothes given to poor people
|a state of noise and confusion
|a large cave
|एक बड़ी गुफा
|ایک بڑا غار
The Wrath of Heaven Chapter Summary in English
Once upon a time, there was a really hot day in the desert. A group of forty Christian missionaries was travelling to Morocco for a yearly meeting. They had an old woman with them who had been a sinner throughout her life. Now, she wanted to do penance by helping these holy men on their journey.
As they walked, the sun became scorching hot. Even though the weather was unbearable, they couldn’t stop for a break. They had to reach the city before sunset. The old woman, however, found it hard to keep up with the others. Whenever they had to pause and wait for her, the rest of the group insulted her. But the old woman didn’t let those insults bother her. Instead, she wished them well.
In the afternoon, the sky suddenly turned dark. The air cooled down, and mist covered the sky. They couldn’t figure out the way forward. The bishop decided they should take refuge in an old and deserted church. Soon, thick, dark clouds covered the entire sky, and heavy rain began to pour. It felt like the whole world was shaking. Everyone sat in different corners of the church, and the bishop started chanting hymns. It was so dark that they couldn’t even see each other. The bishop lit a lantern and told his companions that this storm was not ordinary. According to him, the storm had hit them because there was a sinner among them. To save themselves, the sinner needed to confess. All the holy men and the old woman started crying upon hearing this. The bishop suggested a solution – they should each go around the church one by one and touch the well in the compound after completing the round. According to the bishop, the sinner would be swallowed up by the well, and the rest would be saved.
The first one to go was the bishop himself. Before starting, he declared that his belongings should be given to his heirs without being opened if he didn’t return. There was a huge cloudburst as he approached the well after completing the round around the church, but he came back unharmed. The next person was the bishop’s deputy, who also asked for his belongings to be given to his ex-wife. Again, there was a massive cloudburst, but he, too, returned safely. This process repeated for all the holy men, each announcing their will before taking the round. Each time there was a cloudburst, but everyone returned safely. Suddenly, lightning flashed in the sky, and the bishop saw the old woman sitting among the luggage. All the holy men concluded that it was her presence that had caused the terrible storm. The bishop told her to go out and take a round around the church.
The old woman got up and confessed all her past sins, crying as she spoke. She told the bishop that she wanted to do penance by staying with these holy men. However, the bishop got angry and asked her to leave. Like the other holy men, the old woman announced her will and gave all her savings to the congress of the missionaries. After handing over the money to the bishop, she started her round. The atmosphere became darker, and the thundering became louder. When she reached the well, a terrible cloudburst occurred, and lightning flashed past the well and the church. Suddenly, all the thundering and lightning stopped, and calmness prevailed. When the old woman opened her eyes, the sky was clear, and the evening sun was shining brightly. To her surprise, though, there was a deep and large cave in place of the church.
The Wrath of Heaven Chapter Question Answers
Comprehension Check Page No. 78
1. Why did the old woman beg the travellers to take her along as a servant?
Ans. The old woman begged the travellers to take her along as a servant because she wanted to do penance for her past sins.
2. What made the caravan stop at intervals?
Ans. The caravan stopped at intervals because the old woman, however, found it hard to keep up with the others due to the hot weather. They had to pause and wait for her.
3. How did the old woman react to the rebukes of the travellers? Why do you think she did so?
Ans. When the old woman was rebuked by her fellow travellers she didn’t mind and instead wished them well. She did so because she had no ill will for anyone in her heart and was truly repentant of her sins.
4. Describe the effect of the storm on the travellers.
Ans. The storm forced the travellers to stop and find refuge in an old church. The loud thunder, bright lightning, and heavy rain scared everyone, making them cry. The bishop thought this wasn’t just a regular storm but a sign of anger from the sky because there was a sinner among them. So, he told everyone to show they were pure to avoid heavenly punishment.
5. What could the bishop and the preachers have thought when they saw the old woman huddled in the packs of baggage?
Ans. The bishop and the preachers must have thought that it was because of the sins of the old woman that they had to face that terrible storm.
6. If the old woman were the first to take the test, how according to you would the story end?
Ans. If the old woman had been the first to share, we wouldn’t have seen how selfish the other travellers were. They were still holding onto their things, but the old woman had already given away all her savings to help others. Because of her generosity, she survived the storm while the others were lost in a big cave.
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