Notes on the text
1 I had expected to be near my objective by now，我本以为这时已经接近目的地了。
2 become（be）absorbed in…，作“专心致志于……”、“全神贯注于……”讲。
3 lack for nothing，什么也不缺。
4 he made me promise to go on my own，他要我答应一定单独回故乡一趟。
promise是不带to的动词不定式，作宾语补足语；on one's own作“单独”、“靠自己的力量”解。
5 It was not that…at all. 和下文的 But…territory，这里两个句子实际用的是一个完整的句型：not that…butthat（不是因为……而是因为……）。
Multiple choice questions
Choose the correct answers to the following questions.
1 When the author thought he was near his objective, he stopped because ______ .
a．it was too hot for him to concentrate on where he was going
b．he wanted to find his way back to the nearest town
c．he realized that he must have taken a wrong turning
d．he did not recognize any familiar landmarks
2 Why did the author's father want his son to go back on his own?
a．He feared that his wound would reopen if he were to return himself.
b．He wanted to hear what had happened to his village before dying.
c．He was too ill to accompany his son on the cross-country journey.
d．He had always intended that his son should see the land of their birth.
3 What made the author feel he had stumbled into a nightmare country?
a．According to his father, he should already have reached the village.
b．Nothing he saw corresponded to what he had expected to see.
c．He did not know how he could get to the other side of the lake.
d．He was curious to know more about the lake but there was no one to ask
4 I was only five when I ______ , and that was eighteen years ago. (11. 3-4)
a．had been taken abroad by my father
b．took abroad with my father
c．had taken with my father abroad
d．was taken by my father abroad
5 ---- and I was brought up ______ . (1. 9)
a．without a care of women
b．without care by a woman
c．without a woman to care for me
d．careless of a woman
6 ---- leaving the town. It was here that my father had told me I ______ farms and cottages…(11. 19-20)
c．would be seeing
d．should have seen
7 I waited for his approach ______ I asked him… (1. 27)
8 I asked him ______ to our old village. (1. 27)
a．what way it was
b．if he knows the way
c．which way to go
d．how to get
9 Everything around him ______ , continually reopening … (11. 6-7)
a．reminded him of her
b．presented her to him
c．recalled him to her
d．remembered her for him
10 But my father had described ______ what we should see…(11. 16-18)
11 ---- the lake was not ______ on the map. (1. 24)
12 The lake was not a natural one. It was one. (11. 29-30)