I have several questions pertaining to a nonfiction / educational text like this. I'll try to be clear...
1) How do I handle a quote? If the quote is set apart from the text like this:
"The consequences of truth is great; therefore the judgment of it must not be negligent." -Whichcote.
Do I read: "QUOTE: The consequences of truth is great; therefore the judgment of it must not be negligent. End quote. By Whichcote." ? or do I say "by Whichcote" before I say "end quote"?
2) If the quote is set apart from the text, but there is no author of the quote listed, how do I handle that? Example from the text:
'Those first-born affinities
That fit our new existence to existing things.'
3) If there is a list of items that are numbered, do I say the number before reading the item? Or ignore the numbers? Such as:
1. Children are born persons.
2. They are not born either ...
I hope my questions make sense. Thank you for your help.
All excellent questions, but first RELAX!!!
For many things, there is no right or wrong; there may be a standard practice but sometimes it's down to the reader, or up to the Book coordinator if he/she wants to stipulate for consistency.
As for attributed quotes, yes, you say "quote... End quote" - unless you start to feel as if that's all you're saying and it's annoying (both to you and any potential listener) - a judgement call.
If there's no attribution, but maybe just something everybody say, just read it as is, without the quotes.
For lists, it's usual to read the numbers first, but if you don't, it doesn't matter too much ch.
A couple of other things that may crop up in non-fiction works:
Graphs: these are usually discussed in the text, so you can either skip over it, or say "there follows a graph showing..." But it's not your job to interpret the graph.
Tables:there's a lot of discussion about how to read tables . I would probably follow the guideline for graphs, but some people say you should read everything in the table. I'd say it's a case by case decision and you can decide yourself, or ask the BC.
Offensive language: yes, sometimes we come across offensive language, which perhaps wasn't offensive at the time it was written. This should be read as written
unless the text says, for example, n- or d-, which it often does. We do not censor. If you come across something you're not comfortable reading, then we suggest you relinquish your claim to that section. You wouldn't be the first and someone else may be ok reading it.
I addressed footnotes in response to an earlier question
The biggest rule is THIS IS FUN
so relax and enjoy!