1. At the beginning of the story, where is Sal's mother and why?
At the beginning of the story, Sal's mother has left the family, but the reader is not sure why.
2. Why does Sal's father allow Sal to go on the car trip with her grandparents?
Sal's father allows Sal to go on the car trip with her grandparents because her grandparents have a tendency to get into trouble when they get in the car. Also, Sal's father does not think that his parents can read maps.
3. How does Sal react to Margaret when they first meet, and why?
When Sal first meets Margaret, she refuses to sit down and she will not look at Margaret, even though Margaret goes out of her way to be nice to Sal. This is because she senses that there is a relationship between Margaret and her father, and is uneasy with this concept.
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