Hi Sonja. A rectangle is a quadrilateral with four right angles, so while it is useful to employ the idea of a parallelogram, it isn't necessary. The reason is in the unstated part of both your proposals: what connects a single right angle to all angles being right? If you show a parallelogram, you can use the properties of a parallelogram: opposite angles are equal, adjacent angles are supplementary. If you don't show a parallelogram, you can use the property of transversals across parallel lines: corresponding angles are supplementary (which you have to iterate one extra step for the opposite angle, or rely on a quadrilateral - 3 right angles = 1 right angle). So in my assessment, it is easier to apply the higher-order properties of parallelograms than the more fundamental transversal properties, but the difference is in this step of the proof. An even simpler approach is this:
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