A title can often give the reader some notion of what the
thesis is going to be, but it is not the thesis itself. The
thesis itself, as presented in the thesis statement, does not
suggest the main idea-it is the main idea. Remember, too, that a
thesis statement will always be a complex sentence; there is no
other way to make a statement.
A thesis takes a stand. It expresses an attitude toward the
subject. It is not the subject itself.
A thesis makes a judgment of interpretation. There's no way
to spend a whole paper supporting a statement that needs to
FACT: NOT A THESIS
Despite its general
excellence, the new
health program should
be run only on an
experimental basis for
two or three years.
Even granting a few
troubles, the Columbus
Cavaliers should be
able to make the play-
A. Write T next to each thesis statement below.
Write NT if there is no thesis statement.
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