Epilogue

08/10/2010

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1.  What is the nightmare that Toth has about the tunnels?  What do you think it means?
2.  What happened to Toth because she began to "care too much?"  Talk about what happened with Tina and Melvin.
3.  Do you think that the book was ultimately a triumph or a failure?  Why or why not?
 
 
1.  What are some of the inconsistencies in Blade's character?  In other words, describe some of the crazy differences in his behaviors.
2.  What are some of the things Blade has done in his life?
3.  Describe the details of the first encounter between Blade and Toth.  Is Blade a good character?  
4. What does Blade believe Toth has done?  What are some of the ways that he seeks to scare her?
5.  What was the uncomfortable realization that Toth comes to about herself through her encounter with Blade?  What does she ultimately do to get away?
 
 
1.  Jamall talks about a "sunbeam."  What is the sunbeam, and why is Jamall so focused on it?
2.  How does Jamall's story center on his mother?  What happened between Jamall and his mother?
3.  Describe Jamall's relationship with Cher.  What was the only fight they ever had?
4.  What are some of the strange things that Jamall has seen in the tunnels?
 
 
1.  Describe Brenda.  She is a college educated woman, and is the same age as the author of this book.  What makes her different?  What is she driven by and motivated by?
2.  Why does she stay with men?
3.  What happened to Michelle, and what is she doing when we see her in the book?
4.  Gwen says, "you think you're safe because no one can see you and you can't see yourself in the darkness.  But you can't see beyond yourself, either."  What do you think she means?
5.  Many of the women say they don't wish to see themselves through reflections, which is why they go underground.  Dericka is one of those women.  Why do you think women feel this way, perhaps more than men?
6.  What are some of the common challenges that women face in the tunnels?  What are some commonalities in the stories?
 
 
1.  The "city of friends" is filled with some different characters.  Name three characters from this chapter, and describe them.
2.  What does this group do to stay protected and keep people away from their community?
3.  Explain Sam's theory about people who leave society.  Do you agree?  
4.  What do you think of Sam?  How does he lead?  Give an example.
5.  What is "human morality" or "human religion?"  
6.  Do you agree that Sam knows what each person in his community needs?  Why or why not?

 
 
1.  What does J.C. want the author to do in order to enter his community?  Why do you think that is important to him?
2.  What is the difference between "track people" and "mole people?"
3.  Describe the "main entrance" to J.C.'s community.
4.  Describe some key details about J.C.'s community:  who is the elected mayor?  how do children survive in the community?  how do individuals take on jobs and responsibilities within the community?  What are some of those jobs?
5.  The "mayor" explains that he is convinced life is better underground.  What details about his story might make the reader feel differently?  
6.  What do you think about J.C.'s community?  Could you live in it?  What are some of the benefits?  What are some of the disadvantages?  How does it compare to other communities?
 
 

1.Why would one not want to turn his back in the tunnel, according to Blade?
2. Why do you think the gang was not angered by having Toth in the tunnels, but was almost going to become violent when they thought it was just Blade?
3.  How does the Harlem Gang, led by Doc, operate?  Do they let Toth in on all their secrets?  Why?
4.  Which of the gang is quick to describe all his scars?  Why do you think he shares so much about himself?
5.  What does the end of the chapter foreshadow?  Do you think Blade is

 
 
1.  What are "wanderers?"  Are they dangerous?
2.  Why do you think that some individuals find it enjoyable to beat up on homeless people?
3.  How do some "wanderers" describe killing in the tunnels?
 
 
1.  The underground is often feared.  This is, in part, due to the iconography associated with the underground.  This wasn't always so, however.  What event corresponded to humankinds fear of the underground? What was the undergound associated with?
2. Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables, discusses both the literal and metaphorical aspects of underground life.  How does he describe the underground--  both the good and the bad?
3.  The underground is usually associated with the "less ornamental purposes of civilization," according to H. G. Wells.  What are some historical uses for the underground?  What types of people resided in the underground?
4.  Why does Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man ultimately choose to live underground?  Describe how this is similar to the individuals in this book so far.   
 
 
1.  Describe some of the fears associated with the "Dark Angel."  Would he frighten you?
2.  What fearful elements in stories does the "Dark Angel" prey upon?  Do you think he is really the devil?
 

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