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Another Thesis / Support Sample Using the Two Sets of Steps

 

In “The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea,” does it make sense that the mother uses the same unusual description that her husband used for the pudding?

 

1.            Yes.

2.            -Mom and Dad live together, so probably talk together.

-Unusual description would be too coincidental to believe.

-Dad knows pudding recipe by heart/Mom probably had it before

-They might have gone on a ship together and had pudding and talked about it.

 

   3.      The first reason has a conclusion based on what happened in the story.

            The second reason is more of a conclusion, but it is one based on common

      knowledge—not just personal prior knowledge—so it is useful.

            The third reason has a conclusion based on what happened in the story.

            The fourth reason is too much prior knowledge.  There is nothing in the story to

            support it.

 

4.            The first three reasons will work, so we do not have to look for more.

      (Note:  Turn the “probablys” into positives.)  The fourth reason will not work.

 

5.      Not applicable.

 

 

A.        In “The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea,” it makes sense that the mother uses the same unusual description that her husband used for the pudding.

 

B.         It most likely came up in conversation .

 

C.        For one thing, Mom and Dad live in the same house, so they are bound to speak together.  What’s more, the description “It tastes like a night on the sea” is odd enough that it would not make sense for each of them to come up with it on his or her own.  But the strongest point comes from the father’s knowing the recipe by heart.  This leads to the conclusion that he has made it before, and it seems likely that Mom would have eaten it before with him and they would have spoken about it then. 

 

D.        The shared description does not seem unusual when considering that people who talk together often end up speaking like each other.