Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 | 2 a.m.
The United States Postal Service has been much in the news lately due to significant delivery delays and financial issues.
Though few Americans give mail delivery much thought, other than to complain on occasion, the USPS is part of a global cooperative distribution system, honored on World Post Day, October 9. The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of the Postal Service.
1. Which Article and Section of the Constitution says Congress “shall have Power … To establish Post Offices and post Roads”?
A. Article I, Section 3
B. Article I, Section 8
C. Article III, Section 2
D. Article IV, Section 3
2. Which Founding Father served as the first Postmaster General?
A. Benjamin Franklin
B. Alexander Hamilton
C. James Madison
D. John Jay
3. The Post Office Act of 1792 imposed what penalty for mail heft?
A. Prison sentence of up to 10 years
B. Public whipping
C. 24 hours in stocks in the public square
4. In what year were postage stamps introduced?
5. In what year was the Post Office Department replaced with the United States Postal Service?
6. In 1885, the year domestic postage began being priced per ounce, how much did one ounce of mail cost?
A. Two cents
B. 1 cent
C. 5 cents
D. 10 cents
7. The United States Postal Inspection Service is charged with doing what?
A. Enforcing 200 federal laws related to mail service
B. Investigating crimes involving the mail service
C. Ensuring the safety of high-value deliveries and postal properties
D. All of the above
8. In 1958, what famous item was sent by registered, first-class mail to the Museum of Natural History in Washington?
A. Signed, original copy of Declaration of Independence
B. Neanderthal skeleton
C. Hope Diamond
D. Ancient Egyptian mummy
9. Who is the current postmaster general?
A. Winton Blount
B. Louis DeJoy
C. Megan Brennan
D. Marvin Runyon
10. The post office has more retail locations than which of the following national chains?
D. All of the above
Answers: 1-B, 2-A, 3-D, 4-C, 5-D, 6-A, 7-D, 8-C, 9-B, 10-D
Patrick Maloney is deputy director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, an independent educational center specializing in U.S. history and government. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.