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Reading Fiction: 'Holes' by Louis Sachar 7

In this series of worksheets, students are accompanied in their independent reading of the novel 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. Chapters 37–43.

'Reading Fiction: 'Holes' by Louis Sachar 7' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Inference and Evidence

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet is based on chapters 37–43 of the novel Holes by Louis Sachar. You must have reread these chapters before attempting the questions.

 

Have you read chapters 37–43? What words best summarise this chapter?

climbing, onions, confessions

resting, sundaes, sadness

In chapter 37, Stanley helps Zero (Hector Zeroni) to climb the mountain. How does this connect to the Madame Zeroni story?

Stanley's great-great-grandfather carried Madame Zeroni up the mountain.

Stanley's great-great-grandfather carried Madame Zeroni's son up the mountain.

Stanley's great-great-grandfather was supposed to carry Madame Zeroni up the mountain but he forgot.

In chapter 38, Stanley moves from despair, thinking that the task ahead is impossible, to hope. Look at the two quotations below from the chapter. Match the quotation that shows despair and the quotation that shows hope.

Column A

Column B

"he knew he'd never be able to climb it"
hope
"his strength came from somewhere deep inside of h...
despair

What discovery gives Stanley hope?

mud

flowers

sunflower seeds

What do Stanley and Zero eat at the end of the chapter?

an onion

a hot fudge sundae

a sunflower seed

Chapter 39 ends with Stanley singing the song that has been in his family for generations. Why do you think the writer does this?

 

It reminds the reader how Stanley is in the countryside.

It reminds the reader how Stanley wishes he was back at home.

It reminds the reader how Zero and Stanley are connected, because it is the same song that Madame Zeroni taught Elya.

Chapter 40 is in two sections. The reader learns about the healing properties of Sam's onions and the writer also describes how sick Zero is. Why is it structured into these two sections?

It makes the reader understand how sick Zero is.

It makes the reader feel hopeful that Zero will get better by eating the onions.

It makes the reader feel sorry that Sam was shot.

What does Zero reveal to Stanley in chapter 41?

That he had stolen a car.

That he had stolen Clyde Livingston's shoes.

That he had stolen money from the Warden.

In chapter 42, Stanley feels an overwhelmingly emotion. What is it?

guilt

sadness

happiness

The writer ends chapter 42 in a dramatic way. How?

Stanley plans to go back to camp and look for Kate Barlow's treasure.

Stanley plans to go on the run.

Stanley plans to go back to camp and hand themselves in.

  • Question 1

Have you read chapters 37–43? What words best summarise this chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
climbing, onions, confessions
EDDIE SAYS
The words that best summarise these chapters are: climbing, onions and confessions.
  • Question 2

In chapter 37, Stanley helps Zero (Hector Zeroni) to climb the mountain. How does this connect to the Madame Zeroni story?

CORRECT ANSWER
Stanley's great-great-grandfather was supposed to carry Madame Zeroni up the mountain but he forgot.
EDDIE SAYS
Stanley carrying Hector Zeroni up the mountain links to the Madame Zeroni story because Stanley's great-great-grandfather was supposed to carry Madame Zeroni up the mountain but he forgot.
  • Question 3

In chapter 38, Stanley moves from despair, thinking that the task ahead is impossible, to hope. Look at the two quotations below from the chapter. Match the quotation that shows despair and the quotation that shows hope.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"he knew he'd never be able to cl...
despair
"his strength came from somewhere...
hope
EDDIE SAYS
"he knew he'd never be able to climb it" = despair
"his strength came from somewhere deep inside of himself" = hope
  • Question 4

What discovery gives Stanley hope?

CORRECT ANSWER
mud
EDDIE SAYS
The discovery of mud gives Stanley hope because it suggests water!
  • Question 5

What do Stanley and Zero eat at the end of the chapter?

CORRECT ANSWER
an onion
EDDIE SAYS
At the end of the chapter the boys eat an onion.
  • Question 6

Chapter 39 ends with Stanley singing the song that has been in his family for generations. Why do you think the writer does this?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
It reminds the reader how Zero and Stanley are connected, because it is the same song that Madame Zeroni taught Elya.
EDDIE SAYS
Stanley sings the song because it reminds the reader how Zero and Stanley are connected, because it is the same song that Madame Zeroni taught Elya.
  • Question 7

Chapter 40 is in two sections. The reader learns about the healing properties of Sam's onions and the writer also describes how sick Zero is. Why is it structured into these two sections?

CORRECT ANSWER
It makes the reader feel hopeful that Zero will get better by eating the onions.
EDDIE SAYS
The chapter is structured in two sections; they describe the healing power of onions and explain how sick Zero is. This makes the reader feel hopeful that Zero will get better by eating the onions.
  • Question 8

What does Zero reveal to Stanley in chapter 41?

CORRECT ANSWER
That he had stolen Clyde Livingston's shoes.
EDDIE SAYS
Zero reveals to Stanley that he had stolen Clyde Livingston's shoes.
  • Question 9

In chapter 42, Stanley feels an overwhelmingly emotion. What is it?

CORRECT ANSWER
happiness
EDDIE SAYS
Stanley experiences an overwhelming feeling of happiness.
  • Question 10

The writer ends chapter 42 in a dramatic way. How?

CORRECT ANSWER
Stanley plans to go back to camp and look for Kate Barlow's treasure.
EDDIE SAYS
Chapter 42 ends in a dramatic way because Stanley plans to go back to camp and look for Kate Barlow's treasure.
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