Chase
by Jessie Haas
1. In the book Chase, why was Phin at Engelbreit’s home when Engelbreit was killed?
Phin was there reading his books. (p. 2)
2. In the book Chase, where did Phin live?
At Murray’s saloon/tavern (p. 3)
3. In the book Chase, what one word did Phin say when he saw Ned Plume enter Engelbreit’s home with the gun?
“Sleepers” (p. 4)
4. In the book Chase, what was the setting at the beginning of the story?
An Irish coal mining town (p. 5)
5. In the book Chase, what was another name for “Sleepers”?
Molly Maguires or Ancient Order of Hibernians. (p.5)
6. In the book Chase, what was a coffin notice?
Threats with black coffins drawn on them to scare off oppressive bosses (p. 5)
7. In the book Chase, what did Plume accuse Phin of after he (Plume)shot Engelbreit?
Plume accused Phin of killing Engelbreit and trashing his home. (p. 6)
8. In the book Chase, who was the first person Phin told about Engelbreit’s murder after he escaped from Plume?
Murray, the tavern keeper where Phin lived and worked (p. 8)
9. In the book Chase, why didn’t Mahoney, the constable, know about the murder right away?
He was underground in the mine and didn’t hear the shot. (p. 10)
10. In the book Chase, what did Margaret Wimsy give Phin to take to Murray?
Plume’s wallet (p. 11)
11. In the book Chase, what was the name of the town where Phin lives?
Bittsville (p. 12)
12. In the book Chase, what was “Widow’s Row”?
The lane where widows and orphans lived.(p. 13)
13. In the book Chase, what had happened to Phin’s father?
He had been taken away to fight for the Union army and never returned. (p. 13)
14. In the book Chase, what job had Phin’s mother done before she died?
She was a laundress. (p. 14)
15. In the book Chase, when Phin told Mrs. Lundy he was leaving, where did she think he was going?
To live with relatives in Ireland (p. 15)
16. In the book Chase, when Phin escaped through the Lundy’s window what happened to him as he ran up the hill behind their house?
He fell down into an abandoned shaft/wildcat bore called the dog hole. (p. 21-22)
17. In the book Chase, why was the hole that Phin fell into called the dog hole?
Several years before, Phin and Jimmy Lundy had found a dog that had fallen into the hole and tried to rescue it. (p. 22)
18. In the book Chase, while trying to figure out how to get out of the dog hole, what did Phin find that he thought was a sign that everything would be alright?
His cap (p. 26)
19. In the book Chase, how did Phin get out of the dog hole?
Jimmy Lundy found him and lowered a knotted rope that Phin used to climb out. (p. 28)
20. In the book Chase, why had Engelbreit been murdered?
He had fired some men for drinking. (p. 36)
21. In the book Chase, why did Jimmy tell Phin to hide in the barn?
Jimmy knew that the constable was searching the barn and by the time Phin got there they would be gone. (p.37)
22. In the book Chase, who was the man following Phin on horseback while Phin was on the run?
A mule dealer, Fraser. (p. 41)
23. In the book Chase, where did Phin hide in the barn?
Under the stairs. (p. 46)
24. In the book Chase, while hiding in the barn, Dennis was talking to the cat but actually giving Phin instructions; what did he tell Phin to do?
Stay quiet until evening; then hide in the wagon Dennis was taking to the train station. (p. 47)
25. In the book Chase, Phin considered riding the “rods” once he got to the train yard; what does that mean?
Climbing under the train car and riding on the support struts just above the rails. (p. 48)
26. In the book Chase, Phin realized the mule dealer was not a mule dealer, what did Phin think he was?
A spy or a Pinkerton Agent (p. 53)
27. In the book Chase, Phin was on the run because he was being blamed for Engelbreit’s murder; why didn’t he turn himself in and tell the constable that he witnessed Plume kill him?
Phin knew that if he was tried he would either be found guilty of the murder or if he was a witness, he would be murdered for testifying against Plume.
28. In the book Chase, at the train depot Plume told Dennis that Phin had stolen more than money from him. What did Plume tell Dennis his missing wallet was worth?
The lives of six men (p. 60)
29. In the book Chase, where did Phin hide on the train?
In a freight car on top of a stack of crates (p. 65)
30. In the book Chase, who else was riding the freight car with Phin?
The spy/Pinkerton Agent Fraser, his horse, and Plume. (p. 68)
31. In the book Chase, what did Phin have to eat on the train?
Biscuit and bacon that Mrs. Lundy had given him. (p. 72)
32. In the book Chase, Fraser told Plume that mules were smarter than horses. What would horses do that mules wouldn’t do, according to Fraser?
Work themselves to death (p. 73)
33. In the book Chase, what did Plume mean when he told Fraser “The world rides on the backs of Irishmen”?
It was Irishmen who worked the coal mines to provide fuel for the trains to run. (p. 74)
34. In the book Chase, what had Phin found in his bundle besides the biscuit and bacon and known that Jimmy had slipped in for him?
A plug of tobacco. (p. 76)
35. In the book Chase, why did Phin consider trying the tobacco?
He had no water, was very thirsty and knew it would make his saliva flow. (p. 76)