It is clear from this story that the animal description that Mama gives of Maggie gives us a real picture of her character and her nervousness. Being compared to an animal hit by a car shows us how wounded and low Maggie is in her self-esteem. This also explains why Mama feels so protective of her and considers that she is in need of more help and support than Dee - and she is right, too.
1. What is the importance of names in the story? For example, what does “Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo” signify in the story?