At least one CHS history teacher forces his students to write all their history papers as counterfactuals. This leads to confusion: are my students supposed to use the same format?
"If Huck Finn would have died in the first chapter, then the rest of the novel wouldn't have been written, because he's the main character."
Literary counterfactuals make for great creative pieces, but terrible criticism.
(Trouble writing a literary thesis? Go here.)