Symbols in Holes


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What is a symbol?

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1. What are three important symbols in the book that are evident in the book, Holes?

2. How did the onions help Stanley and Zero, two of the main characters from the book Holes, when they were stuck in the hole?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet examines the presence of symbolism in Holes. You'll be tested on the element of symbolism in general as well as how it is seen in the novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet includes questions on the following facets of Holes and symbolism:

  • Symbols in literature
  • Important symbols in Holes
  • The role of the onions in the story
  • The significance of the nicknames in Holes
  • What Stanley and Zero discover in the hole they hide in

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you've drawn key details from the lesson on the symbols found within Holes
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define symbol in a literary context
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read insight into what elements of Holes symbolize and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what Stanley and Zero find in the hole they hide in

Additional Learning

To study this element of the novel in more detail, you can review the corresponding lesson titled Symbols in Holes. This lesson consists of the following objectives:

  • Understand the duality of meaning held by the holes
  • Familiarize yourself with symbol-related plot details of the novel
  • Understand the social importance of nicknames in the book