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Reading Fiction: 'Holes' by Louis Sachar 4

In this series of worksheets, students are accompanied in their independent reading of the novel 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. Chapters 15–21.

'Reading Fiction: 'Holes' by Louis Sachar 4' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Check Understanding

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet is based on chapters 15–21 of the novel Holes by Louis Sachar. You must have read these chapters before attempting the questions.

 

Have you read chapters 15–21? Which words best summarise these chapters?

learning maths, popcorn, digging

digging, learning to read and write, sunflower seeds

In chapter 15, the reader learns that the warden is clearly looking for something. How does the writer show this?

Choose the four statements that are true from the list below.

 

The boys dig with a partner to make it faster.

The warden helps the boys dig.

The warden stays watching the boys all day.

The warden makes sure the boys have plenty of water.

The warden makes them dig all night.

The warden can't keep still.

At the end of chapter 15, Stanley says: "They weren't just digging to 'build character', they were definitely looking for something."

What do you think they are looking for?

Write your answer down and then you can check when you have finished reading the novel!

Tick when you have written your prediction.

In chapter 18, what does Zero want Stanley to do?

read to him

teach him to read

dig his hole

In chapter 19, what does Stanley take the blame for?

the unfinished holes

the spilled water

the stolen sack of sunflower seeds

In chapter 20, Louis Sachar demonstrates the cruelty of the Warden. The reader learns that she makes her own special nail varnish.

Hands with red manicure and nail polish bottle - stock photo

What is the secret ingredient?

rattlesnake venom

blood

acid

The Warden then scratches Stanley with her toxic nails and then attacks Mr Sir.

Which five words from the text show the reader that Mr Sir is in pain?

screamed

moaned

cried

jerked violently

fainted

shrill scream

pale

writhed in agony

In chapter 21, Stanley thinks about his great-grandfather. Who was he robbed by?

the Warden

Kissin' Kate Barlow

Mr Sir

After she robbed him, he was left to fend for himself in the desert. He lasted 17 days before he was rescued. How did he survive?

He found a water butt.

He was able to shelter in an old shed.

He found refuge on God's thumb.

What had the other boys done for Stanley to thank him for taking the blame for the sunflower seeds?

 

Small burlap sack with seeds - stock photo

dug his hole for him

saved him some lunch

saved him water

  • Question 1

Have you read chapters 15–21? Which words best summarise these chapters?

CORRECT ANSWER
digging, learning to read and write, sunflower seeds
EDDIE SAYS
Words that summarise these chapters are: digging, learning to read and write, sunflower seeds.
  • Question 2

In chapter 15, the reader learns that the warden is clearly looking for something. How does the writer show this?

Choose the four statements that are true from the list below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The boys dig with a partner to make it faster.
The warden stays watching the boys all day.
The warden makes sure the boys have plenty of water.
The warden can't keep still.
EDDIE SAYS
We can tell the warden is looking for something because the boys dig with a partner to make it faster, the warden stays watching the boys all day, the warden makes sure the boys have plenty of water and she can't keep still.
  • Question 3

At the end of chapter 15, Stanley says: "They weren't just digging to 'build character', they were definitely looking for something."

What do you think they are looking for?

Write your answer down and then you can check when you have finished reading the novel!

CORRECT ANSWER
Tick when you have written your prediction.
  • Question 4

In chapter 18, what does Zero want Stanley to do?

CORRECT ANSWER
teach him to read
EDDIE SAYS
Zero wants Stanley to teach him to read.
  • Question 5

In chapter 19, what does Stanley take the blame for?

CORRECT ANSWER
the stolen sack of sunflower seeds
EDDIE SAYS
Stanley takes the blame for the stolen sack of sunflower seeds.
  • Question 6

In chapter 20, Louis Sachar demonstrates the cruelty of the Warden. The reader learns that she makes her own special nail varnish.

Hands with red manicure and nail polish bottle - stock photo

What is the secret ingredient?

CORRECT ANSWER
rattlesnake venom
EDDIE SAYS
The secret ingredient is rattlesnake venom.
  • Question 7

The Warden then scratches Stanley with her toxic nails and then attacks Mr Sir.

Which five words from the text show the reader that Mr Sir is in pain?

CORRECT ANSWER
screamed
moaned
jerked violently
shrill scream
writhed in agony
EDDIE SAYS
The words from the text that communicate Mr Sir's pain are: screamed, moaned, jerked violently, shrill scream and writhed in agony.
  • Question 8

In chapter 21, Stanley thinks about his great-grandfather. Who was he robbed by?

CORRECT ANSWER
Kissin' Kate Barlow
EDDIE SAYS
Stanley's great-grandfather was robbed by Kissin' Kate Barlow.
  • Question 9

After she robbed him, he was left to fend for himself in the desert. He lasted 17 days before he was rescued. How did he survive?

CORRECT ANSWER
He found refuge on God's thumb.
EDDIE SAYS
Stanley's great-grandfather found refuge on God's thumb.
  • Question 10

What had the other boys done for Stanley to thank him for taking the blame for the sunflower seeds?

 

Small burlap sack with seeds - stock photo

CORRECT ANSWER
dug his hole for him
EDDIE SAYS
The boys had dug Stanley's hole for him.
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