Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements


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What is the definition of the mystery genre?

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1. What is the purpose of a mystery novel?

2. Suspense is created in a mystery novel through which of the following devices?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What makes that mystery novel so hard to put down? This quiz/worksheet combination will check your understanding of techniques used to create compelling mysteries, and plot elements that entice readers to ask the ultimate question…whodunnit?

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students taking this quiz will be tested on the following:

  • Definition of key terms
  • Purpose of a mystery novel
  • Technique(s) used to create suspense
  • Use of hidden evidence
  • Method(s) used to solve the crime

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet provide practice in the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as mystery genre and inference gaps
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of hidden evidence in mystery stories
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about writing characteristics of the mystery genre

Additional Learning

Want to learn more? This lesson, Mystery Genre: Definition, Characteristics & Elements, contains the following objectives:

  • Explain use of foreshadowing to increase tension
  • Discuss use of tropes in a mystery genre plot
  • Examine how writing techniques, such as inference gaps and hidden evidence, enhance the mystery genre