A Clean Well-Lighted Place by Hemingway: Summary & Analysis


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How do we learn that the old man has tried to commit suicide?

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1. What is nihilism?

2. What is one way Hemingway expresses Nihilism in this short story?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These study tools will guide you as you discover how much you know about Hemingway's A Clean Well-Lighted Place. Topics on which you'll be quizzed include the old man who had tried to commit suicide and the definition of nihilism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will get you to:

  • Determine how Hemingway expresses nihilism in this story
  • Understand the significance of the old man's despair
  • Recognize how the older waiter reveals his empathy

Skills Practiced

Practice the following study skills with the quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Hemingway's A Clean Well-Lighted Place
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the themes in this story and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how it is learned that the old man in the story had attempted suicide

Additional Learning

Find out more about this story, written by Ernest Hemingway, with the lesson entitled A Clean Well-Lighted Place by Hemingway: Summary & Analysis. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Analyze nihilism
  • Explain the plot and setting of the story
  • Understand the themes of loneliness and human suffering
  • Define empathy and recognize how it is expressed in the story