Directions: Suppose you have been answering a research question about adult illiteracy in the United States. You have developed a fourteen-page draft about how widespread the problem is, six or seven pages analyzing the causes of the problem, and six or seven pages evaluating possible solutions and proposing one you feel would be effective. Which of the following sentences might make the best thesis statement for your paper? (Remember, of course, that there are zillions of ways of stating your thesis, or main idea, and that no version is "perfect.")
A. "Adult illiteracy poses the greatest threat to America today." B. "Adult illiteracy has many causes, but it can be eliminated." C. "How can the problem of adult illiteracy in America be effectively addressed?" D. "Subsuming a myriad of causal factors, adult illiteracy manifests itself throughout contemporary American society." E. "We can eliminate adult illiteracy in America now!"