What is “personal responsibility?” What does it mean to you? What does it mean to the characters in the novel?
What was Brother Jack’s or the Brotherhood’s reaction to the funeral and TIM’s speech at it?
What does Brother Jack or the Brotherhood think of Clifton and why?
Hint: they keep bringing up the work “traitor” - what do they mean by that?
Respond to TIM’s quote on page 468: “The Brotherhood isn’t the Negro people; no organization is. All you see in Clifton’s death is that it might harm the prestige of the Brotherhood. You see him only as a traitor. But Harlem doesn’t react that way.”
Has there been a shift in TIM’s thinking? If so, from what to what?
How does the Brotherhood react to this and why?
Have your views on Brother Jack changed or solidified? Why? Bring up specific quotes from him that prove your opinion on him.
Is the committee only white “brothers?” How can you be sure? If they are, how does this change or shape your thoughts on the Brotherhood?
What do you think of Tobitt and why? Bring up quotes about him or quotes he says that influence your opinion on him.
What does TIM mean by “great white father” (473)? What are the implications of his statement?
What happens between TIM and Brother Jack? What do we find out about Brother Jack? (Hint: 474-457.)
Comment on “blindness” in relation to this chapter and what you find out about Brother Jack - literally and metaphorically/symbolically.