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    Before the invention of the postage stamp, it

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    Before the invention of the postage stamp, it was difficult to send a letter to another country. The sender paid for the letter to travel in his or her own country. Then the person in the other country paid for the rest of the trip. If a letter crossed several countries, the problem was worse.
    Rowland Hill, a British teacher, had the idea of a postage stamp with glue on the back. The British post office made the first stamps in 1840. They were the Penny Black and the Twopence Blue. A person bought a stamp and put it on a letter. The post office delivered the letter. When people received letters, they didn't have to pay anything. The postage was prepaid.
    Postage stamps became popular in Great Britain immediately. Other countries started making their own postage stamps very quickly.
    There were still problems with international mail. Some countries did not want to accept letters with stamps from other countries. Finally, in 1874, a German organized the Universal Postal Union (UPU). Each country in the UPU agreed to accept letters with prepaid postage from the other members. Today, the offices of the UPU are in Switzerland. Almost every country in the world is a member of this organization. It takes care of any international mail problems.
    Today, post offices in every country sell beautiful stamps. Collecting stamps is one of the most popular hobbies in the world, and every stamp collector knows about the Penny Black and the Twopence Blue.


    1. It can be understood from the passage that sending letters to people in other countries
    --------.
    1) was made possible after the invention of the postage stamp
    2) is no longer a practical and economical way of communication
    3) existed even before the invention of the postage stamp
    4) is the source of income for the Universal Postal Union

    ME: 3

    2. The Penny Black -----------.
    1) appeared in the first half of the 19th century
    2) appeared after the Twopence Blue turned out to be inefficient
    3) was designed to primarily solve the problem of sending letters from one country to another
    4) made it possible for letters to be attached to the part of the envelope having glue on it


    Me: 4

    3. The information in the passage is mainly organized based on -----------.
    1) listing positive and negative points of a development
    2) describing events in the order of their happening
    3) analyzing the effects of an invention
    4) comparison and contrast


    Me: 2

    The UPU was started by ----------.
    1) a teacher
    2) some European countries
    3) Switzerland
    4) a German citizen

    ME: 4
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    #2

    Re: Before the invention of the postage stamp, it

    Look at #2 again.

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    Re: Before the invention of the postage stamp, it

    Oops. I meant #1.

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    Re: Before the invention of the postage stamp, it

    All correct.

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