Typically, we express a statement by using a declarative sentence (i.e., one ending with a period). But as noted in the text, we often express statements using other types of sentence, usually for rhetorical effect. We specifically defined a ‘rhetorical question’ as a case in which a person uses an interrogative sentence (i.e., one ending in a question mark) to make a statement, and a ‘rhetorical command’ as a case in which a person uses an exclamatory sentence (i.e., one ending in an exclamation mark) to make a statement.
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For each passage, determine the statement made.
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Question 1 of 5
“Do I believe Luigi would make a good manager? Hardly—I’ve never known a more disorganized guy in my life.”
Question 2 of 5
“When will students learn that there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch? When hell freezes over!”
Question 3 of 5
[Doctor to patient] “When will you finally be discharged? I would say in three days, or sooner.”
Question 4 of 5
“You think that the Burrito Palace has the best Mexican food in town? Get real!”
Question 5 of 5
“To anyone who would say that nuclear war is winnable, I have only one simple question: are you bark-at-the-moon crazy?”