By Emma Donoghue
Little, Brown and CompanySeptember 2012

Mass Market Paperback384 pages, $7.99, ISBN: 9780316223232
Subject: Family / Intrigue / Personal Challenges

  1. Why do you think the entire novel is told in Jack’s voice? Do you think this narrative approach is effective?
  2. Discuss the ways in which Jack’s development has been stunted by growing up in Room. Has he on any level benefited from the seclusion?
  3. If you were Ma, what would you miss most about the outside world?
  4. What would you do differently if you were Jack’s parent? Would you tell Jack about the outside world from the start?
  5. If Ma had never given birth to Jack, how might her situation in Room have been different?
  6. What would you ask for, for Sundaytreat, if you were Jack? If you were Ma?
  7. Describe the dynamic between Old Nick and Ma. Why do you think the author chose not to tell us Old Nick’s story?
  8. What does joining the outside world do to Jack? To Ma?
  9. Discuss the role that the news media play in the novel.
  10. In a comparable situation, how would you teach a child the difference between the real world and what they watch on television?
  11. Why do people tend to be so fascinated by stories of long-term confinement?
  12. Discuss Grandma’s response to Jack and to Ma in the wake of their escape. What are the emotional challenges Grandma faces in the circumstances?
  13. Which scenes or developments in the novel affected you most?




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