The Black Box by Jennifer Egan: Summary & Analysis


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The simple declarative sentences Egan uses in 'The Black Box' reflect the first release of the story via _____.

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1. The term 'beauty' in the story 'The Black Box' is a female _____.

2. Egan's project 'The Black Box' might have created a new way to deliver science fiction stories in _____ format.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

We've made it easy to quickly test your understanding of The Black Box by Jennifer Egan by using this informative quiz and worksheet. These quiz questions assess your understanding of topics such as what a 'beauty' is, how the story was first released and the way the protagonist endures unpleasant experiences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to see how well you can do the following:

  • Outline the way The Black Box was first released, as exemplified by the simple sentences Egan uses
  • Identify what a 'beauty' is
  • Detail the type of format that the story may have created a new way to deliver
  • Explain what the protagonist uses to endure unpleasant experiences
  • Discuss the literary task that the format of the story makes it difficult to perform

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way The Black Box was first released
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the literary task challenged by the format of this story
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how the protagonist endures unpleasant experiences and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

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  • Identify what the person being spied on is called
  • Outline the personal life of the protagonist
  • Explain the connection between beauties and a black box