- Does my thesis sentence attempt to answer (or explore) a challenging intellectual question?
- Is the point I'm making one that would generate discussion and argument, or is it one that would leave people asking "So What?"
- Is my thesis too vague? Too general? Should I focus on some more specific aspect of my topic?
- Does my thesis indicate the direction of my argument? Does it suggest a structure for my paper?
- Does my introductory paragraph define terms important to my thesis?
- Is the language in my thesis vivid and clear?
Qualifiers: MORE PRECISE AND HONEST
Limit your claim; control the terms of the argument
Ex: Efforts to reduce drug use have failed.
Most efforts in Texas to reduce marijuana use among high school students have failed.
In some cases
It is possible
It may be
More or less
Under these conditions
For the most part
One might argue
If it were so