Snow Treasure Comprehension Questions

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, explore your students' attitudes and feelings about racism and courage with this lesson. Ensure they have read the book by assigning the comprehensive questions. This lesson may be used in a traditional classroom or online environment.

Peter's Family and Adventures

  • Define setting. What country does this book take place in?
  • Name the four children introduced at the beginning of the book and state their ages.
  • Describe the Lundstrom family. Use at least five words in your description.
  • Who is Victor and what does he want the four children to do? After they agree, how do they solidify their promise? Are other children apart of the team? If so, how many?
  • What happens to Peter's father shortly afterwards? How does Peter feel about the situation? Be specific.
  • Outline exactly what the children of the team are supposed to do? How long must they travel on their bellies? Afterwards, what must they do?
  • Why did Uncle Victor suggest children would be a better fit for the venture than adults?
  • The children have so much courage in this book. Name the most courageous scene and discuss.
  • Peter definitely matured throughout the book, explain.
  • List at least three characteristics of the Cleeg Peerson. Now list at least three personality traits of Uncle Victor. Are there any similarities in your analysis between Cleeg Peerson and Uncle Victor? Explain.

German Rule

  • Why do the children and their families fear the Germans? Are their feelings justified? Why or why not?
  • Explain why a curfew was imposed. Who mandated the curfew? Do you think it's fair? Why or why not?
  • Who is the Commandant and what does he mandate all children do after they started their plan? How will this harm the process? How does Peter's mom rectify the situation?
  • Who is Jan and what does he tell Uncle Victor about his race, German affiliation, family, and goal? How does Uncle Victor respond? What do they decide mothers of small children should do as a result? Why?
  • Why did the Germans find Jan useful?
  • How does Peter get caught by the Commandant? How long does he stay? How is he rescued and where is he immediately rushed? What are the new plans and how does Peter feel about them?
  • Hatred and racism are central themes in Snow Treasure. Explain this statement.

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