Crime Fiction: Definition, Books & Authors


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Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of crime fiction?

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1. Which writer is considered to have written the first crime novel?

2. 'Inverted detective' fiction is unique because _____.

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Crime fiction presents fictionalized accounts of crimes and criminals and often draws readers into the challenge of solving a mystery. The quiz/worksheet combo lets you test your understanding of the roots of the genre, common plot lines and character types and some of the most famous works of crime fiction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The history and characteristics of crime fiction
  • Types of crimes that propel a crime fiction plot
  • Inverted detective fiction
  • The use of intrigue and suspense in crime fiction

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension ensure that you draw out the most important information about crime fiction and its subgenres
  • Knowledge application- use your understanding of crime fiction to answer questions about common characteristics of works that belong to this literary genre
  • Making connections - understand how crime and mystery writers use the genre's traditional plots and elements in some of their most famous works
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of crime fiction to examine its international appeal

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on crime fiction. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how crime fiction engages readers
  • Examine the traditional literary devices used in this genre
  • Explain the importance of character development in crime fiction
  • Explain methods of plot development in crime fiction
  • Review major crime fiction authors and their works