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 do people fall for cheesy ads using sexy models?”CorrectIncorrect
Question 2 of 5
“Why do people fall for cheesy ads using sexy models? Because the consumers reading those ads innately associate the good qualities of the models with the products being advertised.”CorrectIncorrect
Question 3 of 5
“Loan you my car? Why don’t you just jump in a lake?”CorrectIncorrect
Question 4 of 5
“Why can’t you just shut your mouth, fool?”CorrectIncorrect
Question 5 of 5
“When will people finally figure out that world government is absolutely vital? When hell freezes over, that’s when.”CorrectIncorrect