Who Is Laertes in The Odyssey?


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In The Odyssey, how does Laertes know Odysseus?

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1. In Greek mythology, who was Laertes before The Odyssey?

2. In The Odyssey, Penelope buys herself time with her suitors by saying she's doing what for Laertes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Laertes is a significant character in Homer's The Odyssey. You'll be asked several questions about his relationships with other characters in the poem, as well as Laertes's actions in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These learning assessments will ask you:

  • How Laertes knows Odysseus
  • Who Laertes was before The Odyssey
  • What Penelope does for Laertes
  • When Odysseus reveals his true identity to Laertes
  • How Laertes helps Odysseus

Skills Practiced

In this quiz, you'll practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of They Odyssey to answer questions about Laertes and his actions in the story
  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Laertes in The Odyssey
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Laertes's relationship with Odysseus

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about this character, you can read the related lesson, Who Is Laertes in The Odyssey? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about Laertes's emotional and physical state during Odysseus's absence
  • Understand when The Odyssey was written
  • Identify who Laertes kills in the poem