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'Room' by Emma Donoghue - Book Club Discussion Questions

'Room' - Book Club Questions

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Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donoghue

Little, Brown
Use these book club discussion questions on Room by Emma Donoghue to explore Donoghue's unique book told from a child's perspective.

Spoiler Warning: These book club discussion questions reveal important details about Room by Emma Donoghue. Finish the book before reading on.

  1. Why do you think the author chose to tell the story of Room through Jack and not through an omniscient, third-person narrator?
  2. Why does Jack call their captor "Old Nick?"
  3. Which elements of Jack's developmental delays and/or his integration issues surprised you most?
  4. When Ma is interviewed, the interviewer implies that perhaps not everyone would agree with Ma's decisions regarding Jack - first, her decision to keep him in Room when she could have tried to have Old Nick abandon him at a hospital, and second, to teach him that Room was all there is, that things in TV aren't real, etc. What are your thoughts regarding these decisions?
  5. Have you ever gotten into a car with someone you don't know, as Ma did? Did you find this to be a believable way for a 19-year-old to be kidnapped?
  6. Did you find yourself wanting to know more about Old Nick? If so, why do you think this is?
  7. Jack often wishes he were back in Room. Is there any way in which he would be better off back in isolation with only his mother? Why or why not?
  8. What sort of problems do you think Ma will face now that she and Jack are out on their own?
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