Here is some code that would cause the evaluator to generate an error if the operand is sent to eval rather than actual-value.
(interpret '(define (square x) (* x x))) (interpret '(define (halve x) (floor (/ x 2)))) (interpret '(define (combine f g) (lambda (n) (f (g n))))) (interpret '((combine halve square) 10))
The reason is that the application
(combine halve square) has an operator
combine and two operands
square, but the operands are both still thunks.