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Short Question and Answer
Q. 1: What was Daiches attitude towards the weekend as a schoolboy? Why did he long for it?
As a schoolboy, he felt joy at the arrival of the weekend. He walked home like an escaped prisoner. He longed for it to get rid of the daily burden of school.
Q. 2: What was his general view of school life?
He was a good student and often enjoyed the actual classroom work. School life was full of labour and tough competitions. Teachers gave them a lot of homework. This daily grind of the school made him long for holidays.
Q.3: He liked holidays for their freedom- freedom for what?
He liked holidays for their freedom-freedom from waking up early in the morning, from a large number of classes and from the grind of routine school work.
Q. 4: How did he spend his summer holidays?
The summer holidays were a long period of bliss. He spent his summer vacation in his village with his grandparents. He played cricket in July sunshine; he enjoyed these holidays very much.
Q. 5: Wishes don‟t come true in this life, writes Daiches. What are the things he longed for but could not have?
He wished to get a tricycle in his early childhood and later a bicycle. He wished to get ice-cream and sweet free of cost. His these wishes did not come true.
Q. 6: What did he do with his pocket money?
He kept his savings in money-box because he was not allowed to spend his pocket-money.
Q. 7: Why was the Friday morning rose coloured for the writer?
Friday morning was positively rose coloured because it was the weekend. Moreover, they were going to have two consecutive holidays to enjoy themselves.
Q. 8: What were unexpected respites?
Unexpected respites mean sudden dismissal of school before the usual time due to some crises, celebration and football match. But these were few and far between.
Q. 9: When did he buy his first bicycle?
He bought his first bicycle at the age of 21 with the prize money he won at Edinburgh University.
Q.10: What was the most frightening day of the week for Daiches?
Monday was the most frightening day of the week for Daiches. Waking up on Monday morning was a dismal experience for the writer.
Q.11: What were the feelings of the writer on Saturday and Sunday?
Saturday night had the charm for the holiday between it and Monday morning. But Sunday night was full of the threat of Monday morning.