What is a Thesis Statement?


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How does a thesis statement help the reader?

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1. Which essays do not necessarily need a thesis, and why?

2. Which of the following would NOT make a good thesis?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A thesis statement presents the main idea of a written piece, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of essays that require strong theses as well as your ability to identify a thesis statement within a text.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students should expect to answer questions about:

  • Essay structure
  • Types of essays
  • What makes a good thesis statement

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what kinds of essays need defining theses in the beginning
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of the function of a thesis statement
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to pick out a thesis statement within a paragraph

Additional Learning

The lesson called What is a Thesis Statement? will help you gather more information essay writing. You'll study the following topics:

  • What type of essay doesn't require a thesis statement
  • Use of argument in essay writing
  • How to write a good thesis statement