Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors


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Mystery fiction typically includes the following standard traits, EXCEPT for which one of the following

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1. A mystery fiction that is gritty, realistic, and violent would fall under which category?

2. The mystery sub genre that revolves around seemingly impossible crimes are called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will gauge your understanding of mystery fiction. You will be quizzed on the characteristics of different types of mystery fiction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Gritty, realistic, and violent mysteries
  • Mysteries focusing on impossible crimes
  • Light-hearted, small town mysteries
  • Mysteries involving the supernatural

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related English lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different sub-genres of mystery fiction
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of mystery fiction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different types of mystery stories

Additional Learning

To learn more about mystery fiction, review the corresponding lesson titled Mystery Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors. This lesson will help you:

  • Distinguish between hardboiled, softboiled, and other types of mystery fiction
  • Identify the key characteristics of different sub-genres of mystery fiction
  • Learn the names of popular mystery writers
  • Understand the three basic questions every mystery story must address