A year after graduation, I was offered a position teaching a writing class. Teaching was a profession I had never seriously considered, though several of my stories had been published. I accepted the job without hesitation, as it would allow me to wear a tie and go by the name of Mr. Davis. My father went by the same name, and I liked to imagine people getting the two of us confused. “Wait a minute” someone might say, “are you talking about Mr. Davis the retired man, or Mr. Davis the respectable scholar?”
The position was offered at the last minute, and I was given two weeks to prepare, a period I spent searching for briefcase (公文包) and standing before my full-length mirror, repeating the words, “Hello, class. I’m Mr. Davis.” Sometimes I would give myself an aggressive voice. Sometimes I would sound experienced. But when the day eventually came, my nerves kicked in and the true Mr. Davis was there. I sounded not like a thoughtful professor, but rather a 12-year-old boy.
I arrived in the classroom with paper cards designed in the shape of maple leaves. I had cut them myself out of orange construction paper. I saw nine students along a long table. I handed out the cards, and the students wrote down their names and fastened them to their breast pockets as I required.
“All right then,” I said. “Okey, here we go.” Then I opened my briefcase and realized that I had never thought beyond this moment. I had been thinking that the students would be the first to talk, offering their thoughts and opinions on the events of the day. I had imagined that I would sit at the edge of the desk, overlooking a forests of hands. Every student would yell. “Calm down, you’ll all get your turn. One at a time, one at a time!”
A terrible silence ruled the room, and seeing no other opinions, I inspected the students to pull out their notebooks and write a brief essay related to the theme of deep disappointment.
36. The author took the job to teach writing because ______.
A. he wanted to be expected
B. he had written some storied
C. he wanted to please his father
D. he had dreamed of being a teacher
37. What can we learn about the author from Paragraph 2?
A. He would be aggressive in his first class.
B. He was well-prepared for his first class.
C. He got nervous upon the arrival of his first class.
D. He waited long for the arrival of his first class.
38. Before he started his class, the author asked the students to ______.
A. write down their suggestions on the paper cards
B. cut maple leaves out of the construction paper
C. cut some cards out of the construction paper
D. write down their names on the paper cards
39. What did the students do when the author started his class?
A. They began to talk.
B. They stayed silent.
C. They raised their hands.
D. They shouted to be heard.
40. The author chose the composition topic probably because ______.
A. he got disappointed with his first class
B. he had prepared the topic before class
C. he wanted to calm down the students
D. he thought it was an easy topic
36. A考查细节理解。根据文章第一段I accepted the job without hesitation, as it would allow me to wear a tie and go by the name of Mr. Davis.可知，我毫不犹豫地接受了这个工作，这表明作者想成为一名老师。所以选A。
37. C考查推理判断。根据文章第二段But when the day eventually came, my nerves kicked in and the true Mr. Davis was there. I sounded not like a thoughtful professor, but rather a 12-year-old boy.可知当作者第一次进入课堂的时候，他的声音不像一名有思想的教授倒像一个12岁的小男孩。这表明作者很紧张。故选C。
38. D考查细节理解。根据文章第三段I handed out the cards, and the students wrote down their names and fastened them to their breast pockets as I required.可知选D。
39. B考查细节理解。根据文章第五段A terrible silence ruled the room, and seeing no other opinions可知，教室里一片沉静，没有学生发表意见。所以选B。
40. A 考查推理判断。根据文章的第四段可知，作者想象他的第一节课学生会很积极地发言表达自己的观点，自己只能让学生一次一个地说。可没想到的是自己的第一节课竟然一片寂静，没有人发言。所以作者很失望。故选A。