A quote can be an effective and powerful literary tool in an essay, but it needs to be done well. To use quotes in an essay, you need to make sure your quotes are short, backed up with explanations, and used rarely. The best essays use a maximum of 2 quotes for every words. In fact, four word quotes are usually best. Long quotes in essays are red flags for teachers.
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T he United States had long been a holdout among Western democracies, uniquely and perhaps even suspiciously devout. From to , church membership remained relatively constant, hovering at about 70 percent. Then something happened.
But here's what happens: they smile and nod politely, maybe even chuckle, before getting to their point, 'Right, but what are you? Where are your parents from? While I could say Pennsylvania and Ohio, and continue this proverbial two-step, I instead give them what they're after: 'My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. I'm half black and half white.