Do we have to put the line number after quotes?

Hey - great question. No you don’t have to cite the line number when quoting. Because all readers will be VERY familiar with the passage and have it pulled up while scoring and because you’re only discussing one document, you won’t have to cite at all. You are absolutely allowed to cite, but there is no need to.

What I recommend, however, are phrases such as “in the opening paragraph,” “in the closing lines,” or “after addressing X,…”. Transitions/phrases such as this often help increase your analysis score because they force you to place your analysis in the context/flow of the rhetorical analysis passage.

Here is a link to a presentation that I put together on this very topic:

And here is the associated Replay.

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