Red Herring: Definition & Examples


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The term 'red herring' has its origins in what country?

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1. Red herrings frequently appear in all of these genres EXCEPT…

2. The criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty was first introduced by what author?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of red herrings in literature. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the origins of the term 'red herring' and the genre in which you're most likely to find red herrings.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The origins of the term 'red herring'
  • The most likely genre in which you'll find a red herring
  • The literary character Professor James Moriarty
  • Who can be misled by a red herring
  • An example of a red herring

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related red herrings in literature lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding red herrings in literature and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding red herrings and identify examples of them
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about who can be a red herring

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson called Red Herring: Definitions & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define red herring
  • Identify three examples of red herrings in literature