Creating a Hypothesis

Stonehenge, Salisbury Plains.
Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain. Source:

Use the three topic sentences that you have developed to form a single answer to the key question. This will become your hypothesis.


A hypothesis is the answer to the key question, usually in the form of one or two sentences.  It contains both the argument and the main reasons in support of your argument. Each hypothesis should clearly state the ‘answer’ to the question, followed by a ‘why’.

For Example: 


The indigenous people of Australia were treated as second-class citizens until the 1960’s (answer) by the denial of basic political rights by State and Federal governments (why).

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