Laestrygonians in The Odyssey


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Who is commonly regarded as the author of The Odyssey?

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1. Who are the Laestrygonians in the epic poem The Odyssey?

2. Of Odysseus' 12 ships that begin the journey from Troy in The Odyssey, how many escape the Laestrygonians?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet can act as your guide through the accompanying lesson, which deals with the importance of the Laestrygonians in the epic poem the Odyssey. Topics brought up include who the Laestrygonians were and how they impacted Odysseus' voyage.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments can serve to measure your knowledge of the following:

  • Exactly who the Laestrygonians are
  • Escaping the Laestrygonians
  • Author of the Odyssey
  • Results of the attack of the Laestrygonians

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet provide students the chance to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you get the full value of the information related in the lesson on the Laestrygonians
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the perilous nature of Odysseus' voyage in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the effects the Laestrygonians had on the plot development in the Odyssey and interpret it correctly

Additional Information

To learn more about the Laestrygonians and their significance in the life of Odysseus, review the lesson entitled Laestrygonians in the Odyssey. The lesson gives attention to the following objectives:

  • Explain the relationship between the Iliad and the Odyssey
  • Sketch the premise of the Odyssey
  • Discuss what happens to Odysseus' men at the hands of Antiphates, his family, and his subjects
  • Talk about events during Odysseus' year-long stay with Circe
  • Examine the effect the Laestrygonians had on Odysseus' attitude and personality