Fight Club Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does the narrator do to distract himself while Tyler is burning his hand?

2. What is Tyler doing when the narrator first sees him?

3. Who are Tyler and the narrator serving at the banquet?

4. What does the narrator dream about after calling Marla to ask if she was going to the support group meeting?

5. What did Tyler put on the back of the narrator's hand?

Short Essay Questions

1. What story does the narrator tell Marla to cheer her up when he finds a lump on her breast?

2. What did Tyler do to Marla's mother that the narrator was so upset about?

3. Why can't the narrator cry when Marla is at the same support groups as him?

4. Why does the narrator feel secretly relieved about his condominium exploding?

5. When the narrator confronts Marla about being a "tourist" at the support groups, how does Marla respond?

6. What was Tyler's first civil disobedience act that the narrator recalls while in the stopped elevator?

7. What is the triangle that the narrator mentions in the opening scene? Why are anarchy, guns and an explosion used to represent that triangle?

8. Why does the narrator start writing haikus to his coworkers?

9. How is the chemical kiss that Tyler gives the narrator also a symbol for Fight Club?

10. When Tyler and the narrator first meet, how do their lives and personalities differ?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Which character would prevail in our society: Tyler or the narrator? Why? Present your choice in a logical and clear thesis with supporting evidence from the text. Remember to use our society as the context and not the society in the book. Cite specific examples from the text. Bear in mind the character you do not choose and include a sound counter-argument to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

The narrator's and Marla's infatuation with death began much earlier than Fight Club. At one point in the narrator's life he thought he had cancer. The same goes for Marla, except she actually does have cancer. How is death significant to both of these characters' lives, but in different ways? How do they view death? Are their views similar, or different? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

At the Paper Street house, the narrator finds magazine articles about human organs talking in the first person. What significance do these articles have to the narrator? Society? What is the meaning of Palahniuk's inclusion of these articles in Fight Club? Cite specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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