1 Who is Jack as a narrator? Ma's insidious abductor. Ma's young son. Ma's imaginary friend. Ma's ancient father. 2 How does Jack's perspective best compare to the events at hand? Dignity in the face of prudishness and fear. Understanding in the face of information and context. Antagonism in the face of worry and hopelessness. Innocence in the face of confusion and horror. 3 What's the best reason why Jack refers to he and his mother's various possessions as proper nouns? They are proper to him because he only knows one of each and so treats them as if each is the only one that exists. His doesn't yet understand the fundamentals of language-learning. He considers them animate objects with agency and personality and names them in accordance. His mother refuses to correct him on referring to everything by proper names. 4 The room in which Ma and Jack live at the book's opening can be best described as... Small and full of only bare essentials. Overflowing with all the things they need. Spacious and relatively accommodating. Barely big enough to lay down in. 5 With which important event does Room open? TV breaking, devastating Jack and Ma. Jack and Ma's liberation. Old Nick visiting unannounced. Jack's fifth birthday. 6 To what does Jack refer when he discusses "having some"? Applesauce. Spaghetti. Breast milk. Bugs. 7 What is Ma and Jack's relationship with TV at the start of the book? They watch it a little, but not too much—so they don't rot their brains. The TV doesn't work, so it's mostly a laundry collector and sometimes a fort. They use it as a table on which to eat, in addition to for entertainment. They watch it constantly, desperate to feel like they're a part of the outside world. 8 What is the present Ma has for Jack on his actual birthday? A new show on TV. A new pair of sneakers. A new watch to replace Watch. A drawing of him that she made while he slept. 9 Why doesn't Jack like his present? It makes him feel sick to his stomach for some reason. Old Nick made it and he doesn't like Old Nick. He doesn't like that his mother made it while he was asleep and she was awake. He thought he'd be leaving Room on his birthday but discovers he won't be. 10 Where does Jack sleep on nights when Old Nick visits? On Table. By TV. In Wardrobe. Next to the bed. 11 Where does Jack sleep on nights when Old Nick doesn't visit? In Bath. In Bed with Ma. In Wardrobe with Ma. On Table. 12 By early into the book, we have a general understanding of who Old Nick is. Who is he? A religious reverend intent on keeping Ma and Jack safe as part of a cult ring. A man who abducted Ma seven years ago and maintains a nonconsensual sexual relationship with her. Ma's father, insane and overprotective, who's locked her and his grandson away. A man who abducted Ma and Jack several years ago and wants much to do with them despite locking them up. 13 What is implied by Jack's quote, "[Ma] doesn't have many soft bits but they're super soft." Ma is traumatized by her situation. Ma is relatively cruel toward Jack. He refers to her breasts as "soft bits" from which he eats lots. Ma is likely very skinny as a result of her limited diet. 14 What does the skylight symbolize in Room? Unreachable freedom. Emotional insecurity. A horrific past. Bland confusion. 15 What is eggsnake? A way for Ma and Jack to refer to Old Nick. A character on one of Jack's favorite TV shows, Dora the Explora. An eggshell alarm strung together to make noise when Old Nick is coming. A series of eggshells strung together for Jack to use as a toy. 16 From what physical ailment does Ma chronically suffer? A stiff shoulder. A toothache. A bad knee. Migraines. 17 What does Jack say about the reason for his mother's ailment? She threw out her shoulder striking Old Nick. Her bad knee came from trying to kick the door down. She let her teeth rot but then was "sorry." Her migraines are a result of the sunlight coming in throught the skylight. 18 How does Jack's innocent perspective inform us that Old Nick often rapes Ma? Jack watches through the slats of Wardrobe and describes what he sees. Jack counts the number of times Bed rocks from Wardrobe. Jack listens to the strange things Old Nick says when he's there. Jack hears Ma screaming but isn't sure why. 19 What does Old Nick surprise Jack with when he learns it was his fifth birthday? A better TV set. A dog named Lucky. A remote controlled car. A mouse like the one he found behind the sink. 20 What does Jack do near the end of Presents that scares Ma and Old Nick? He starts to cry and Ma and Old Nick hear him. He comes out of the Wardrobe to get in bed with Ma and Old Nick. He knocks on the Wardrobe door in the middle of the night. He activates his RC car and it falls off the shelf. 21 At the beginning of Unlying, what does Jack notice on Ma? She has a cut across her cheek. Her wrist has been re-broken. She has "dirt" (bruises) on her neck. She's missing patches of hair. 22 Jack thinks games like Phys Ed and Eye Stretch as simple, fun activities. What truth does he not quite grasp about them? They're the only way Ma can relax. They were Old Nick's idea in the first place. They're part of a plan to escape from Room. They're meant to keep him and Ma physically healthy. 23 What happens on days when Ma is "Gone"? She stays in bed all day and doesn't interact with Jack at all. She speaks incoherently, which scares Jack. She watches TV all day without moving. Ma is allowed to leave Room once a year. 24 What is the concerning implication for Ma's "Gone" days? She has no intention of sleeping at night on the days when she stays in bed. She may spend these days daydreaming of her past. She is deeply depressed. She may have a debilitating STD. 25 How does Jack fare when Ma's "Gone"? He self-sufficiently goes about his day, including feeding himself. He stays in Wardrobe and sleeps all day as well. He grows hungry, usually waiting to eat until the next day. He spends the day in Bath, occasionally splashing Ma to wake her up.