Ch 2: Holes Characters

About This Chapter

The ''Holes'' Characters chapter of this ''Holes'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the characters from the novel ''Holes'' by Louis Sachar. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the novel's primary and secondary characters.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help fully understanding the characters from Holes will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the major and minor characters from this novel. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing quotes from these characters
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Holes Characters chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  •  Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging instruction and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Holes Characters chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Holes characters for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Quotes from the book's key characters
  • The Yelnat family: Stanley and Elya
  • Camp Green Lake kids: Zero, X-Ray, and Armpit
  • Camp counselors: Mr. Sir, Mr. Pendanski, and The Warden
  • Kissin' Kate Barlow
  • Madame Zeroni

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Holes Characters
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Zero from Holes

1. Zero from Holes

For a main character in 'Holes,' there is little known about Zero. As the story evolves, more of Zero is discovered, and he is not who he once appeared to be.

Mr. Sir in Holes

2. Mr. Sir in Holes

One of the antagonists in 'Holes' by Louis Sachar is Mr. Sir. He's a rough camp counselor, but he has a different side that may surprise the campers. What is Mr. Sir really like?

Armpit from Holes

3. Armpit from Holes

While all campers at Camp Green Lake have nicknames, Armpit is clearly the worst. Who wants to be named Armpit? Fortunately for Armpit, he likes his name, and he has some good qualities to offer those around him that make up for his unappealing name!

The Warden in Holes

4. The Warden in Holes

The Warden is the cruel antagonist in 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. She's obsessed with finding Kissin' Kate Barlow's fortune, and won't let anything get in her way. But, does she get it in the end?

Stanley Yelnats in Holes

5. Stanley Yelnats in Holes

Stanley Yelnats is the main character in the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Read about how this protagonist overcomes his family's curse and learns more about himself at the same time.

Kissin' Kate Barlow in Holes

6. Kissin' Kate Barlow in Holes

Kissin' Kate Barlow lived over a hundred years before the main character, Stanley Yelnats, makes it to Camp Green Lake, but how does she play such a large part in the story? Read the following lesson to find out!

Mr. Pendanski in Holes

7. Mr. Pendanski in Holes

Mr. Pendanski is a complex character in 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. He's the nicer one of the two camp counselors, but he shows a very different side at different points in the novel. Read on to learn more.

Madame Zeroni in Holes

8. Madame Zeroni in Holes

Even though Madame Zeroni only appears for a short time in 'Holes,' she has a big influence on what happens to Stanley and the rest of the Yelnats family. Read on to learn more about how the Yelnats and Zeroni families are connected!

X-Ray in Holes

9. X-Ray in Holes

X-Ray calls the shots amongst the campers at Camp Green Lake, but how does he make it happen? This very unlikely leader has a plan and executes it well. Read the following lesson to learn more about X-Ray.

Elya Yelnats in Holes

10. Elya Yelnats in Holes

Elya Yelnats is the great-great-grandfather of Stanley Yelnats who, according to Stanley, has brought eternal bad luck to his family. But, is it true? How did it happen? Read on to learn more.

Quotes from Holes

11. Quotes from Holes

In ''Holes'' by Louis Sachar, Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake to dig holes. We'll look at some of the quotes from ''Holes'' in this lesson, for insight into who Stanley and how and why he's in Camp Green Lake.

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