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Reading Fiction: 'Holes' by Louis Sachar 2

In this series of worksheets, students are accompanied in their independent reading of the novel 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. Chapters 3–8.

'Reading Fiction: 'Holes' by Louis Sachar 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Inference and Evidence

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet will be based on chapters 3–8 of Holes by Louis Sachar. You must have read these chapters before answering the questions and have the book in front of you.

 

Have you read chapters 3–8? Which words below best summarise these chapters?

prison, camp-fire, a sheep

a curse, stolen sneakers, digging, Madame Zeroni, a pig

In chapter 3, as Stanley travels to Camp Green Lake, what do we learn about his life? Select the five statements below that are true.

 

Wild west road landscape. - stock photo

He has never been to camp before.

He is a popular boy in school.

He is overweight.

He is picked on at school.

He was innocent of the crime.

His great-great-grandfather bought a pig for a Gypsy.

His great-great-grandfather stole a pig from a Gypsy.

Stanley's father is a teacher.

What did the one-legged Gypsy do when Stanley's great-great-grandfather stole the pig?

 

pig - stock vector

called the police

put a curse on him and all his descendants

stole it back

Stanley's great-grandfather made lots of money on the stock exchange but what happened to it?

Pack of dollars isolated  on white background - stock photo

He spent it all.

He invested it.

It was stolen by Kissin' Kate Barlow.

In these chapters we learn that Stanley is lonely, picked on at school, overweight, arrested for something he hadn't done and was from a poor family. Why do you think the writer wants the reader to feel sorry for Stanley in these chapters?

to show that he is not a bad character

to show that he is a weak character

These questions are now based on chapter 4.

What is the daily routine for the 'campers'?

Breakfast at 5.30 a.m., dig one big hole and then the rest of the day is theirs.

Breakfast at 4.30 a.m., dig one big hole then they have lessons for the rest of the day.

Breakfast at 4.30 a.m., dig one big hole then the rest of the day is theirs.

Why doesn't the camp need any guards or fences to keep the boys there?

 

Desert landscape with a dramatic cloudy sky, Utah, USA. - stock photo

The boys all wear electronic security tags.

Nobody wants to run away.

The camp is so remote and it is so hot that there is nowhere to run to.

In chapter 5, the reader is introduced to the other characters at the camp. Match the characters' names with their nicknames.

Column A

Column B

Mom
Stanley
Squid
Alan
X-Ray
Jose
Barf Bag
Rex
Magnet
Lewis
Armpit
Mr Pendanski
Zigzag
Theodore
Zero
has no real name
no nick-name yet
Ricky

In chapter 6, the writer shows how unpleasant life at the camp was for the boys. Which three details below are true?

smelly, scratchy beds

cold showers

rats

sloppy stew

ripped sheets

In chapter 7, the writer introduces the story about Stanley's ancestors. What country did they originate from?

America

England

Latvia

Stanley's great-great-grandfather was called Elya Yelnats. When he was 15, he fell in love with a local girl called Myra Menke who was 14. Elya went to ask her father if he could marry her but so did Igor Barkov. 

Select the three correct facts below about Igor.

He was a builder.

He was a pig farmer.

He was 21 years old.

He was 57 years old.

He had a red nose and puffy cheeks.

What does each suitor offer Myra's father?

Column A

Column B

Elya
a heart full of love
Igor
a fat pig

Elya goes to ask Madame Zeroni for advice. Read the description of her on page 29. Select the three correct details about her.

dark skin

pale skin

powerful eyes

tall

missing left foot

What does Elya promise Madame Zeroni?

 

Black and white portrait of fortune-teller with chrystal ball - stock photo

to carry her up the mountain

to pay her for the pig

to find her son in America

Chapter 8 focuses on the lizards. Select the five correct facts from the description of them in chapter 8.

Chinese water dragon on white background picture - stock photo

They have eleven yellow spots.

They have twelve yellow spots.

Their eyes are red.

Their eyes are yellow.

They have black teeth and a white tongue.

They have white teeth and a black tongue.

They live in holes.

They live in trees.

Their bite will paralyse you.

Their bite will kill you.

  • Question 1

Have you read chapters 3–8? Which words below best summarise these chapters?

CORRECT ANSWER
a curse, stolen sneakers, digging, Madame Zeroni, a pig
EDDIE SAYS
Words that best summarise the chapters are: a curse, stolen sneakers, digging, Madame Zeroni, a pig.
  • Question 2

In chapter 3, as Stanley travels to Camp Green Lake, what do we learn about his life? Select the five statements below that are true.

 

Wild west road landscape. - stock photo

CORRECT ANSWER
He has never been to camp before.
He is overweight.
He is picked on at school.
He was innocent of the crime.
His great-great-grandfather stole a pig from a Gypsy.
EDDIE SAYS
The true statements are that Stanley has never been to camp. He is overweight and picked on at school, is innocent of his crime and his great-great-grandfather stole a pig from a Gypsy.
  • Question 3

What did the one-legged Gypsy do when Stanley's great-great-grandfather stole the pig?

 

pig - stock vector

CORRECT ANSWER
put a curse on him and all his descendants
EDDIE SAYS
The Gypsy put a curse on him and all his descendants.
  • Question 4

Stanley's great-grandfather made lots of money on the stock exchange but what happened to it?

Pack of dollars isolated  on white background - stock photo

CORRECT ANSWER
It was stolen by Kissin' Kate Barlow.
EDDIE SAYS
Stanley's great-grandfather's money was stolen by Kissin' Kate Barlow.
  • Question 5

In these chapters we learn that Stanley is lonely, picked on at school, overweight, arrested for something he hadn't done and was from a poor family. Why do you think the writer wants the reader to feel sorry for Stanley in these chapters?

CORRECT ANSWER
to show that he is not a bad character
EDDIE SAYS
By telling the reader that Stanley is lonely, picked on at school, overweight, was arrested for something he hadn't done and was from a poor family, the writer makes the reader feel sorry for him and shows that he is not a bad character.
  • Question 6

These questions are now based on chapter 4.

What is the daily routine for the 'campers'?

CORRECT ANSWER
Breakfast at 4.30 a.m., dig one big hole then the rest of the day is theirs.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct routine is breakfast at 4.30 a.m., dig one big hole then the rest of the day is theirs.
  • Question 7

Why doesn't the camp need any guards or fences to keep the boys there?

 

Desert landscape with a dramatic cloudy sky, Utah, USA. - stock photo

CORRECT ANSWER
The camp is so remote and it is so hot that there is nowhere to run to.
EDDIE SAYS
There are no guards or fences because the camp is so remote and it is so hot that there is nowhere to run to.
  • Question 8

In chapter 5, the reader is introduced to the other characters at the camp. Match the characters' names with their nicknames.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Mom
Mr Pendanski
Squid
Alan
X-Ray
Rex
Barf Bag
Lewis
Magnet
Jose
Armpit
Theodore
Zigzag
Ricky
Zero
has no real name
no nick-name yet
Stanley
EDDIE SAYS
Mom = Mr Pendanski
Squid = Alan
X-Ray = Rex
Barf Bag = Lewis
Magnet = Jose
Armpit= Theodore
Zigzag = Ricky
Zero = has no real name
no nick-name yet = Stanley
  • Question 9

In chapter 6, the writer shows how unpleasant life at the camp was for the boys. Which three details below are true?

CORRECT ANSWER
smelly, scratchy beds
cold showers
sloppy stew
EDDIE SAYS
The showers were cold, the food didn't taste nice and was a sloppy stew and the bed was smelly and scratchy.
  • Question 10

In chapter 7, the writer introduces the story about Stanley's ancestors. What country did they originate from?

CORRECT ANSWER
Latvia
EDDIE SAYS
Stanley's family were originally from Latvia in Eastern Europe.
  • Question 11

Stanley's great-great-grandfather was called Elya Yelnats. When he was 15, he fell in love with a local girl called Myra Menke who was 14. Elya went to ask her father if he could marry her but so did Igor Barkov. 

Select the three correct facts below about Igor.

CORRECT ANSWER
He was a pig farmer.
He was 57 years old.
He had a red nose and puffy cheeks.
EDDIE SAYS
Igor was a pig farmer who was 57 years old and had a red nose and puffy cheeks.
  • Question 12

What does each suitor offer Myra's father?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Elya
a heart full of love
Igor
a fat pig
EDDIE SAYS
Elya offers a heart full of love and Igor offers a pig.
  • Question 13

Elya goes to ask Madame Zeroni for advice. Read the description of her on page 29. Select the three correct details about her.

CORRECT ANSWER
dark skin
powerful eyes
missing left foot
EDDIE SAYS
Madame Zeroni has dark skin, wide mouth, powerful eyes, and she is in a wheelchair because she has one foot.
  • Question 14

What does Elya promise Madame Zeroni?

 

Black and white portrait of fortune-teller with chrystal ball - stock photo

CORRECT ANSWER
to carry her up the mountain
EDDIE SAYS
Elya promises to carry Madame Zeroni up the mountain.
  • Question 15

Chapter 8 focuses on the lizards. Select the five correct facts from the description of them in chapter 8.

Chinese water dragon on white background picture - stock photo

CORRECT ANSWER
They have eleven yellow spots.
Their eyes are yellow.
They have black teeth and a white tongue.
They live in holes.
Their bite will kill you.
EDDIE SAYS
The lizards have: eleven yellow spots, yellow eyes, black teeth and a white tongue, they live in holes and will kill with a bite.
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