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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. On what days of the week do Ma and Jack clean their room?

2. What do Jack and Ma make a necklace from in "Unlying"?

3. What does Jack make Ma a bracelet from in "Unlying"?

4. What does Jack eat for lunch when Ma is "Gone" in "Unlying"?

5. What character from Spongebob Squarepants does Jack call creepy in "Presents"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Jack and Ma manage to "create" toys when they are trapped in Room?

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

3. How does Ma compare herself to Alice in Wonderland in "Unlying"?

4. Why do you think that Ma flips the lights on and off before going to bed?

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

6. What does Ma's "Bad Tooth" symbolize in the narrative?

7. What does "Gone" mean in Jack's mind? What does Jack do when Ma is "Gone" in "Unlying"?

8. How would you describe Ma's relationship to religion in "Presents"?

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

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

Compare and contrast Leo (Steppa) and Grandpa in Room. Why does Ma have a falling out with Grandpa when he first comes to see her after her escape? How does their relationship change? What are Jack's impressions of Grandpa? How would you compare his relationship with Grandpa with his relationship with Steppa?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think that Ma attempts suicide in the hospital while Jack is away? Why do you think that Ma did not attempt suicide prior to this point, when she and Jack were trapped in Room? How does Ma's suicide attempt affect Jack?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the media and public's reaction to Ma and Jack's captivity and escape. How realistic is the media's portrayal in the novel? Do you think that the media steps over boundaries when interviewing victims of violent crimes such as this one? Why or why not?

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