When we say that Cambridge is a university town we do not mean that it is a town with a university in it. A university town is one where there is no clear separation between the university buildings and the rest of the city. The university is not just one part of the town; it is all over the town. The heart of Cambridge has its shops, restaurants, market place and so on, but most of it is university—colleges, libraries, clubs and other places for university staff and students.
The town was there first. Cambridge became a center of learning in the thirteenth century. Many students were too poor to afford lodgings. Colleges were opened so that students could live cheaply. This was the beginning of the present day college system.
Today there are nearly thirty colleges. Very few students can now live in college for the whole of their course; the numbers are too great. Many of them live in lodgings at first and move into college for their final year. But every student is a member of his college from the beginning. He must eat a number of meals in the college hall each week.
Students are not allowed to keep cars in Cambridge, so nearly all of them use bicycles. Don’t try to drive through Cambridge during the five minutes between lectures, as you will find crowds of people on bicycles hurrying in all directions. If you are in Cambridge at five minutes to the hour any morning of the term, you’ll know that you are in a university town. Stop in some safe place, and wait.
31. Cambridge can be described as a university town because ______.
A. the university building fit in well with the rest of the town
B. the size of Cambridge is just as big as the town
C. the separating line between the university and the town is not obvious
D. the university is located in the town
32. In the first paragraph “but most of it is university”, “it” refers to ______.
A. the rest of the city B. the town
C. the heart of Cambridge D. the university
33. Which of the following can best give the main idea of the second paragraph?
A. Cambridge has a long history.
B. Many students lacked money, so colleges were set up then.
C. The town was built before the university.
D. It was cheaper for students to live in college than in lodgings.
34. It is possible for the college students to ______.
A. live in college from the beginning
B. keep both bikes and cars in college
C. have all the meals outside the college each week
D. live in college for their final year of the course
35. People found it hard to drive through Cambridge at five minutes to the hour in the morning because of ______.
A. the large numbers of cars in the streets
B. safety checks for the cars at this time
C. streams of bikes going in all directions
D. the speed limit of the car