End of Term by David Daiches Summary, Theme and Questions

In this essay, I have given the summary, theme, introduction of the writer, and important questions of the essay End of Term by David Daiches. This essay is included in the syllabus of F. A.  students par II. I have given all the important questions that can be selected for the examination.

12 Class English Book II Chapter IV

 End of Term by David Daiches

Introduction of the writer

David Daiches is a Scottish writer. He was born in 1912 and died in 2005. He was a historian, literary critic, and scholar. He wrote on English literature and Scottish literature and Scottish culture. He remained president of the association for Scottish literary society. He wrote many books. The essay End of Term has been taken for his book " Tow worlds: Edinburgh Jewish Childhood"

Main Points

  • David Daiches feeling about school life

  • His feelings about holidays and breaks during the school 

  • Holidays of Christmas, Easter, and summer vacations

  • His desires and wishes for childhood

  • His pocket money and how he spent it?


In this essay, David Daiches describes his school life in a very interesting manner. School life is very hard for students. School life was not easy for the writer even though he was a good student. He has to get up early in the morning which he was not like. He was bored with daily dull school life and school homework. His school life was full of boring and full of competitionsJ. He had to do a lot of work in school. He had no time for enjoyment and entertainment. All of this was not liked by the writer.

 Two days in a week were very happy for the writer because Sunday and Saturday were off and these two days were very happy for the writer. Friday night was the best night of the week because Friday night follows two holidays. Sunday night was very dreadful for the writer because the next morning school days were going to start. 

All students liked respites and the writer also enjoy them. Sometimes school would close because of some events and emergencies. These respites were liked by the students. In winter, sometimes they had a holiday for scatting. After every semester they have one Monday off.  it was a very happy moment for the writer because it change two holidays into three holidays. Holidays on Easter and Christmas were very happy moments for the writer. These holidays were unmatched and wonderful. The writer says summer vocations were very enjoyable and the writer waited for them the whole year because they remain for two months.

The writer had many desires in his childhood that were not completed. For example,  He had a desire for tricycles and bicycles in his childhood. He fulfilled this wish at 21 years of age when he bought a bicycle from the mount of a prize. He and his brother longed for sweets and ice cream.

The writer says that he was not allowed to spend his pocket money. He kept his pocket in a money box in order to save money. He could not fulfill his desires in his childhood but the desire for summer vacation was fulfilled every year.

Important Questions

Q1. How is the writer reminded of his schoolboy's attitude toward the weekend?

A school teacher's book entitled " Friday Thank God" reminded the writer of his attitude to the arrival of the weekend.

Q2. What was the writer's attitude towards school and school work?

The writer was an intelligent student and he often enjoyed the actual classroom work.

Q3. What things of school pressed the writer heavily?

Daily tense routine, abundant homework, fierce competition, and the sense of never being able to relax pressed heavily upon him in the school.

Q4. How many brothers and sisters did the writer have and what were their names?

They were two brothers and one sister and their names were Lioned, David and Silvia.

Q5. What was the writer's attitude towards the maidservant in his school days?

For the writer, his maid servant's voice at a wake-up time in the morning sounded like a summons to damnation.

Q6. When did the writer get rid of these oppressed feelings?

These oppressed feelings disappeared only disappeared when the writer had left school and entered the university where he had a smaller number of classes and a lot of free time.

Q7. Why was Friday morning positively rose-colored?

Friday morning was rose-colored because the writer was very happy on that morning because he woke up with a happy feeling that it was the last day of the strenuous school week and that he would have two holidays.

Q8. What was the best night of the week and why?

Friday night was the best night of the week because the writer enjoyed a very long and relaxed sleep with the feeling of two solid days before school again.

Q9. Why was Sunday night full of threats?

Sunday night was full of the threat of Monday morning which heralded the full seek of neves - breaking routine.

Q10. What were unexpected respites?

They were the occasional holidays which they had on unexpected crises or celebrations, or on the occasion of a football match or skating excursion.

Q11. What made a luxuriously long weekend ?

An off, made the ordinary weekend holidays in a row which seemed to go just as fast as ordinary weekends.

Q12. What was the writer's attitude towards Christmas and Easter holidays?

He was very happy and excited at Christmas and Easter holidays which were tragically reduced from three weeks to a mere ten days during his educational career.

Q13. What was the writer's attitude towards the summer holidays?

For the writer, the longed-for dreamed and mythical summer holidays were a period of permanent felicity which all seemed too good to be true.

Q14. How and where did the writer spend his summer holidays?

The writer spent his summer holidays in his native village with his family.

Q15. What were the writer's wishes which were not fulfilled?

All his childhood the writer desperately longed for a tricycle and a bicycle, but his parents were too poor to fulfill his desire.

Q16. How did the writer buy his first bicycle?

The writer bought his first bicycle for himself when he was twenty-one with the prize money he had won at Edinburgh University.

Q17. What does the writer tell us about his wishes for ice cream and sweets?

He often stood outside sweet shops and ice cream barrow with empty pockets longing for the money to materialize his desires, but it never happened.

Q18. What does the writer tell us about his pocket money?

He says that he was given a very small pocket money which was to be put into a money box and saved.

Q19. What kind of lesson this is?

it is an autobiographical essay in which the writer gives an honest and truthful account of his early school life which reminds us of our own early childhood and school life.

Q20. Who is the writer of the essay End of Term?

The writer of the essay the End of Term is David Daiches. David Daiches describes his biography in the essay. He describes his personal experience of school life.

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