Recall from the chapter that pseudo-questions are usually of two basic varieties: rhetorical and abusive. A rhetorical question is a case where a person uses an interrogative to ask a question—usually indicated by the speaker providing the very information he purports to seek. An abusive question is a case where a person uses an interrogative sentence to insult the listener.
For each passage below, determine whether a real question is being asked, and if so, what it is.
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Question 1 of 5
“Why are you so hostile towards me? I’ll tell you why: it’s because I married your girlfriend.”
Question 2 of 5
“Why are you such a pig?”
Question 3 of 5
“Do you believe America is in decline?”
Question 4 of 5
“Is America in decline? Unfortunately, its stalled economy, declining population and weakening military power suggest that it is.”
Question 5 of 5
“Why don’t you just drop dead?”