A high school English teacher emailed me with a problem.
She said that the textbook she was using included essays with questions for understanding that the students were supposed to answer. One of the questions was, “In a sentence, what is the thesis of this essay?”
The teacher said the thesis statement the publisher provided in the teachers’ materials didn’t appear anywhere in the essay.
“How the hell am I supposed to find the thesis of an essay if it isn’t written anywhere in the essay?”
I have a feeling that saying, “by the preponderance of the evidence” will not help her.