"...he was given three assignments last summer in preparation for an accelerated precalculus class that began last autumn. Since he had a summer job as a camp counselor, he could not get all the work done."
I luckily never had summer assignments in all my years of school but I always pitied my friends that had summer reading lists. It was bad enough reading Madame Bovary, Tess of The D'Urbervilles and Les Miserables during the school year. I would have been very resentful if I had to devote summer reading time to those books when I could have been reading tawdry stuff like The Other Side of Midnight and Princess Daisy.