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What is a Rhetorical Question?

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A rhetorical question is a statement that is phrased as a question. In other words, it is a question that conveys information that is not necessary to answer. Rhetorical questions may be designed to convey self-questions to others, such as "should I go?" In other cases they are designed to challenge or entertain. Rhetorical questions are often intended to make speech more colorful and interesting.
Overview: Rhetorical Question
A self-question or statement that is phrased as a question with no expectation that it will be answered.
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