1. Devola is the oldest sister of the Luther family, but in what ways does Mary Call take on that roll?
Mary Call manages the family when her father is ill and is in charge of the others while they wait for him to die. She also looks out for Devola, who may have developmental issues.
2. What characteristics does Mary have that are probably the reasons why her father has left her in charge?
Mary Call has guts and intelligence, we're told in Chapter 1. She's also strong and desires independence for her family.
3. What are the promises that Mary Call makes to her father?
Mary Call has promised him a homemade burial, without an undertaker or preacher. This is a difficult promise, because she will have to pull his body up the mountain in her brother's toy wagon. The second promise is that Mary Call will keep her family together on the mountain. Plus, they will not accept charity from strangers. The last promise that Mary Call has made is that she will not let Devola marry Kiser Pease.
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