Rhetorical Question in Literature: Definition, Effect & Examples


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In literature, rhetorical questions are used to:

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1. Which of the following questions would be considered rhetorical?

2. Which of the following questions is NOT rhetorical?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Rhetorical questions can serve many functions in writing, and this quiz and worksheet set will help you test your understanding of them. You will identify examples of different kinds of rhetorical questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on your understanding of:

  • The function of rhetorical questions in literature
  • Examples of rhetorical questions
  • A description of a powerful rhetorical question

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related literature lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of rhetorical questions to identify examples of them
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding why rhetorical questions are used in literature

Additional Learning

As you review the accompanying lesson, Rhetorical Questions in Literature: Definition, Effect & Examples, you can learn more about these types of questions. The lesson will help you meet these objectives:

  • Understand the reasoning behind rhetorical questions
  • Learn about seminal texts and authors
  • Know the different types of rhetorical questions