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What are rhetorical questions?

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A question that needs no answer.


Josh walks into the kitchen. He see's his sister standing at the fridge, eating from a container, with the name JOSH written in bold. She freezes. Josh asks, folding his arms, "What are you eating?"


In this, he (Josh) didn't need an answer, he can clearly see that she (his sister) was eating his food. It's more of a backhanded way to point something out and make the other person think.

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Esther Arinze-Opara

A question asked which requires no given answer

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Sian Davey

A rhetorical question is when the person asking the question doesn't expect a direct answer but rather they are making a point. An example of a rhetorical question is if someone was running late the question would be "what time do you call this?" This question does not need an answer because they are just making a point that you have arrived at an unacceptable time and is expressing their annoyance.

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Zhanetta Rodgers

The rhetorical question is a such kinda of question that isn't supposed to be answer at all

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Sarah-Ness

Rhetorical questions are questions where an answer is not expected, the question is being asked for effect or to make a certain point. For example, "What's not to like?" Is a rhetorical question as it is used to make a point, it's not meant to be answered.

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Kate Wright

A rhetorical question is a question to which the person asking the question does not expect a direct answer to that specific question. An example is “how could i be so stupid?” These questions are asked merely for effect , the answers to the questions are obvious or may immediately provided by the person asking the question.

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A question asked for effect, to get the reader's attention that does not require an answer.

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Diego Smart

A rhetorical question is conducted in a manor that creates dramatic effect without out any real substance, rather than going straight to the point!

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A rhetorical question is a question where an answer is not expected. Instead, it is to make the reciever of the question curious and make them think. For instance, if a father asks his son the question "Do you think I don't understand?" it does not mean he wants his son to answer yes or no, instead it means that he wants his son to know that he does understand to a great extent and that his son should trust that his father is more knowledgeable than him in that particular matter.

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These are questions that do not require an answer or are used when the answer is already known and the speaker is trying to make a certain point

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Questions that do not require an answer. 

Example: What sort of person am I? How I will I escape? Where am I? 

Makes the reader question themselves or the character's judgement.


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A rhetorical question is a question that requires no answer. They are often used as a persuasive technique, for example in advertising campaigns and political speeches.

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Nabeelah-Florence Akhtar

Questions that do not require an answer: i.e “Can you believe it?”

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Meerab Zahoor

Hey there. Rhetorical questions are questions that are not meant to be answered. Usually the person asking them is either talking to themselves, or being sarcastic in a way. For example if your friend says “you wouldn’t want me to starve now would you?” That would imply the question not to be answered because obviously you don’t want your friend to starve. Rhetorical questions are form of language device to make you think more about the character or person and maybe how they interpret or feel.

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A rhetorical question is one that does not require an answer. It's used to make a point, rather than to gain an answer.

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