Holes is a novel primarily about boys, but it does not offer a simplistic portrayal of gender.

1. How does Holes represent masculinity?

2. What forms of masculinity does it endorse or promote?

3. What forms does it critique, reject, or complicate?

4. How do women, such as Katherine Barlow, Madame Zeroni, and/or Louise Walker, serve to demarcate and define gender roles in the book? 

Answers should reference specific quotes or details from the book (citing the page number).

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