A Secret Gift Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''A Secret Gift'' is a nonfiction book that explores mysterious $5 checks donated to struggling individuals in the Great Depression. These questions can help guide your students through a discussion about this book.

A Secret Gift

A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--and a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression is a 2011 nonfiction book by author Ted Gupp. In the book, Gupp researches his own family history and the mystery of why his grandfather donated $750 dollars to individuals in his community in the form of anonymous $5 checks. These acts of kindness proved to change lives in the small town during the Great Depression, adding a rarely seen story to our understanding of this period in American history. The following questions can help your students work through this book's content, themes, and message.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account