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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How tall does Ma estimate Jack is on his birthday in "Presents"??

2. Which of the paintings in Room is Ma's favorite?

3. For how long does Old Nick say he's been laid off from work in "Unlying"?

4. What does Ma make for lunch in "Unlying"?

5. What upsets Jack about his birthday cake in "Presents"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ma tell Jack about the television in "Presents"?

2. How does Ma explain "Outside" to Jack in "Unlying"?

3. What does Ma give Jack for his birthday in "Presents"? What does Jack do with his gift?

4. Describe Jack's breakfast with Ma on his birthday in "Presents." What does Jack eat?

5. What "gift" does Old Nick offer Jack when he's in the wardrobe in "Unlying"? Why does Jack not take the gift?

6. How would you describe Jack's manner of speaking? How is this reflected in the language styel of the story?

7. How does Jack define "real" and "pretend" in "Presents"?

8. Why has Ma's attitude changed in the beginning of "Unlying"? What does Jack make of this change?

9. What are your thoughts on Ma's breastfeeding Jack at the age of five? Why do you think she does this?

10. What are Ma and Old Nick arguing about when Jack overhears them from the wardrobe in "Unlying"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the themes of abuse and sacrifice in Room. How are these themes developed through character, action, symbolism, and imagery in the narrative? What are some of the sacrifices that Ma makes for Jack, and vice versa? How has Ma managed to cope with abuse for so long?

Essay Topic 2

What events lead up to Ma telling Jack the truth about her abduction in "Unlying"? How does Ma define "unlying" in this chapter? Why has Ma chosen now to tell Jack the truth? How does Jack cope with Ma's story?

Essay Topic 3

What is Jack's understanding of Old Nick and his relationship with Ma? How does this understanding change in the course of the story? What does Jack think about Old Nick? How does he describe Old Nick's appearance and behavior?

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