Detective Fiction: Definition, History & Authors


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Detective fiction is a genre of writing where:

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1. Which of the following is a characteristic of detective fiction?

2. Who is credited with creating the detective fiction genre?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you gauge your knowledge of detective fiction. To pass the test you'll need to know about notable writers of detective fiction and characteristics of the genre.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to review:

  • The definition of detective fiction
  • Characteristics of detective fiction
  • Who created the genre
  • How modern detective fiction has evolved
  • The famous detective duo created by Arthur Conan Doyle

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on detective fiction
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about modern detective fiction in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of the genre
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about famous literary detectives

Additional Learning

To learn more about this genre of literature, review the corresponding lesson on Detective Fiction. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define detective fiction
  • Understand the characteristics of detective fiction
  • Learn about the history of the genre