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Reading Homework

We are starting our new class book this week and it is a good one. Holes is a great book, and we are excited to get into it. Your first job is to read chapters 1 to 5 then have a go at the questions below. 


  1. ‘The only trees are two old oaks on the eastern edge of the “lake”’. (Page 1). Why is the word ‘Lake’ written in inverted commas?

  2. Why would a camper at Camp Green Lake actually try to get bitten by a scorpion or even a rattlesnake?

  3. Write down 5 things that we learn about the character Stanley Yelnats in chapter 3.

  4. According to Stanley, what three things do you need to be a successful inventor?

  5. What is special about the name ‘Stanley Yelnats’?

  6. Why did Stanley think ‘well duh!’ when he saw the sign explaining what you were not allowed to bring to Camp Green Lake (page 12).

  7. Why is there no fence around Camp Green Lake?

  8. What does Mr Sir mean when she says, ‘ This isn’t Girl Scout camp’? (page 14).

  9. After reading the first five chapters, what do we know about why Stanley has been sent to Camp Green Lake?

Write you answers in your reading journal and bring your answers in on your reading day. 

Week 2 – Read chapters 6 – 8, then answer the following questions.

  1. Why did the teachers never take Stanley’s complaints about Derrick Dunne seriously?
  2. Why did Stanley feel like he was holding destiny’s shoes?
  3. Why did the patrol police car pull up next to Stanley?
  4. What do we know about why Stanley has been arrested and sent to Camp Green Lake now?
  5. Why do you think Clive Livingston had the nickname – ‘Sweet Feet’ if his shoes were ‘anything but sweet’?
  6. Why did X-ray claim to have his own special shovel, that no one else was allowed to touch?
  7. Why did Madame Zeroni not think Myra Menke would be a good wife to Elya Yelnats?
  8. Why did Elya tell Myra that she should marry Igor?
  9. What does ‘enviously’ mean? (page 37)
  10. Why does Stanley’s family always blame their ‘no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather’ when something bad happens?
  11. Why is it significant that the author tells us that yellow-spotted lizards like to eat the shells of sunflower seeds? (page 42)

Write you answers in your reading journal and bring your answers in on your reading day.