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rhetorical question
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  • She asks and answers rhetorical questions faster than I can consider them.
  • She started her talk with this rhetorical question: What ...?
  • But poor Miss Warren, she answered my rhetorical question.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • I’m not sure if this is a rhetorical question, so I force my own voice into a jokey drawl.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • That was obviously a rhetorical question; Mrs. Burt wasn’t even looking at her.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • It was a rhetorical question; I wasn’t really expecting an answer, but Millard gave me one anyway.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Something about the tone of his voice or the reaction of the other children told me this was a purely rhetorical question.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I look at Drew as if this is a rhetorical question.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • "Do you suppose we are going to submit to see our wives etc. insulted for all future by brutes they would send among us?" a North Carolina colonel wrote his wife in 1861 with a rhetorical question which he promptly answered: "So long as we have such wives, mothers, and sisters to fight for so long will this struggle continue until finally our freedom will be acknowledged."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • She looked up to see the wisp of a self-mocking smile on his lips, and she realized—for the first time after these many hours in his mechanically impersonal presence, when any inquiry he might have made of her had strictly to do with stenography and translation—that his mildly facetious, rhetorical question was addressed at least partially to her.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • This was in the nature of a rhetorical question, for the top page of the bundle said CONTRACT OF MARRIAGE in a clear calligraphic hand, the letters two inches high and starkly black across the page.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • That was a rhetorical question.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I had thought this was a rhetorical question—clearly no one in their right mind would like driving all the way out where we lived —but since an outrageous amount of time passed, and still he was staring at me like he actually expected an answer, I finally blinked in discomfort and said: "No."
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • That, by the way, is a rhetorical question.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I assume that’s a rhetorical question.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • It was a rhetorical question, but Eragon answered anyway, "Yes, and once before."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I treated that as a rhetorical question.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It was a rhetorical question, fools!
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • It was just a rhetorical question.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was Emmett who answered my rhetorical question.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It’s just a rhetorical question.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • This is what Siobhan says is called a rhetorical question.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • That was a rhetorical question actually.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I’d meant that as a rhetorical question.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • It was a rhetorical question, yet when Oromis remained silent, his almond eyes fixed on a trio of swallows pirouetting overhead, Eragon realized that the elf was considering how best to answer him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I took that as rhetorical question and said nothing.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • You want some advice?’As it turned out, this was a rhetorical question.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • It was clearly a rhetorical question.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • It was a rhetorical question but it got answered.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • She meant it as a rhetorical question.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • To this rhetorical question, his conscience answered with a cold shoulder.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • David clucked his tongue and chuckled at the rhetorical question.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Luckily, it seemed to be a rhetorical question, as he was already en route to the fridge, where he pulled out a beer.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • I didn’t pay any attention; he was always speaking when his thoughts were somewhere else, asking rhetorical questions and echoing other people’s words.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • He asks lots of rhetorical questions.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • His thunderous predictions of immediate war and his rhetorical questions as to whether the South would stand for further insults from the Yankees only produced faintly bored, "Yes, Papas" and "No, Pas."
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • These were rhetorical questions.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • The rhetorical questions had a clammy air; the exclamation mark was the first resort of those who shout to make themselves clearer.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Let there be no rhetorical questions between us.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Rhetorical question.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Sixty-six! " For Shiva, rhetorical questions were a trap.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It is difficult to spot a rhetorical question.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • I thought that this might be another rhetorical question,but I wasn’t sure.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • It was a rhetorical question, meaning there wasn’t supposed to be an answer, right?
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • The Cat was trying to decide if this were a rhetorical question when she roared, "It’s a construct!
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
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