Aké: The Years of Childhood Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the general features of the compound in which Wole lives mentioned in Chapter 1.

Wole was born and raised on a parsonage compound in a town called Ake in Nigeria, Africa. The master of the parsonage is called Canon, and he has a multiple-story house in the compound. The only other multiple-story building is the BishopsCourt, which houses the girl students. Between BishopsCourt and the school playground is a place with many plants and fruit trees called the Orchard.

2. Describe the legend that Wole recounts in which Wild Christian and Uncle Sanya get in trouble with a ghommid.

Wild Christian and Uncle Sanya are visited by a forest creature called a ghommid, who warns them to stay away from a particular stream in the woods. Stubborn Uncle Sanya goes to the stream anyway because that is where the largest and best snails are (apparently a delicacy). The ghommids get mad and chase Sanya through the forest, in the shape of a giant fireball.

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