|Figure Name||rhetorical question|
|Source||Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm)|
The rhetorical question is usually defined as any question asked for a purpose other than to obtain the information the question asks. For example, "Why are you so stupid?" is likely to be a statement regarding one's opinion of the person addressed rather than a genuine request to know. Similarly, when someone responds to a tragic event by saying, "Why me, God?!" it is more likely to be an accusation or an expression of feeling than a realistic request for information.
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|Last Editor||Max Burstyn|