The Penny Black: Multiple Choice Vocabulary Test

The Penny Black is the name of the world's first postage stamp. It was (0)        C        by the U.K. in 1840 and is perhaps the most (1)________ stamp ever issued. It has a (2)________ of the young Queen Victoria and because of its colour, and its (3)________ of one penny, it is known as the 'Penny Black'.

(4)________ 1840, postage rates for delivery of letters in the U.K. depended on the (5)________ the letter had to travel and the number of sheets of paper used. Furthermore, (6)________ that time it was not possible to pay for your letter before you sent it. The postage had to be paid by the receiver (7)________ than the sender of the letter. The Penny Black changed everything: at the rate of one penny, letters that did not (8)________ more than half an ounce could be sent to any (9)________ in the U.K.

Nowadays, Penny Black stamps are not that rare although they are (10) ________ regarded by stamp collectors. About 68 million of these stamps were issued (11)_______ 1840 and 1841, and it is thought that about 1.5 million of these 12 _______ today. The price of the stamp today varies according to whether it has been used or not and its condition. A fine used copy can be bought for around $77 or less, while unused examples are quite rare and sell for $2,000 or more. To13 ________ the U.K. for having issued the world’s first postage stamp, the Universal Postal Union has made an exception regarding its14 _______ that the name of the country must15 _______ on a stamp to date has ever had the country name on it.

0 founded invented introduced organised
1 well-liked commercial fashionable famous
2 model picture statue painting
3 price amount sum worth
4 Earlier Former Before Previous
5 range length space distance
6 after by at in
7 other rather instead further
8 measure limit reach weigh
9 destination route station position
10 greatly highly warmly dearly
11 in about between among
12 survive live continue last
13 respect honour glory fame
14 law order command rule
15 show view appear display

1.D; 2.B; 3.A; 4.C; 5.D; 6.B; C. 7.D; 8.A; 9.A; 10.B; 11.C; 12.A; 13.B; 14.D; 15.C

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