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Rhetorical Questions

Updated on May 29, 2014

Questions without answers

A rhetorical question is a question that's asked with no expectation of a reply, either because the answer is obvious or because there is no answer.

Sometimes a rhetorical question is asked just to make someone think hard about the answer.

The following questions are all questions I've been thinking about for a long time. They are all meant to be rhetorical, but I've left a space for you to reply to each one anyways.


What does a cloud smell like?

What does a cloud smell like؟

To me, the simple answer would be "rain". I figure since rain comes from clouds, a cloud should smell like rain.

Or would a cloud smell like sunshine? After all, what's shining down on top of a cloud? Sunshine (but really, what does sunshine smell like?).

Who does God pray to?

Who does god pray to؟

I should start this out by stating that I'm not a religious person and I have very limited knowledge of the bible.

However, from what I understand, Jesus was Gods son and Jesus was strung up on the cross with nails and thorns. Now, here's where my question comes in. The first thing any parent does when they see their child suffering and in pain is pray.

So when God saw his child suffering on the cross, who did he pray to?

How does a deaf person think?

This question isn't really rhetorical since any deaf person can answer it, but it's something I've always wondered about, so I included it here.

When a deaf person thinks about a conversation they had, do they hear words or do they see hand movements? Actually, when they think of anything, do they see hand movements? I would guess they do. But I've been sitting here thinking about all the words and thoughts that stream through my mind, and it just seems impossible that they would just see hand movements (but how would they know words if they've never heard them?). And if a person is born deaf and they're not taught sign language, how do they think? I mean, do they have their own "words" for things, like their own language they use in their mind?

My husband just pointed out that a deaf person would use the same words because even though they can't hear, they can still read. But that makes me wonder too. Would they really be the same words since, never hearing them before, they wouldn't know how they sounded?

Do dogs smell "good smells" and "bad smells"?

I know a dogs sense of smell is like a hundred million times better than humans, so why do they insist on smelling nasty stuff like butts, poo and dead things? Do they even have a sense of "good smell" and "bad smell"? Or does the only thing their mind registers is that everything has a scent (not good and not bad)?

But, then again, if they don't know what "good" smells like, how do they know when to beg for treats?

A question from Sylvestermouse!

If you don't get an answer, was the question worth asking؟

A question from YourIslandRoutes

If we removed all the silent letters from words, would the words sound the same?

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My answer is this:

"It most certainly is worth asking. If a question makes someone think a little harder about what the answer(s) could be, then the question has been answered, even if it's not spoken aloud or written down."

What do you think?

Do you have a rhetorical question you would like to ask?

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      Here is my question: If we removed all the silent letters from words, would the words sound the same?

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I used to use this all the time on my kids when they said, "I don't know" in answer to my questions, "If you did know the answer, what would it be?". We always know the answer. -:)

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      This is a great lens...made me think, made me laugh.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Why is it you drive on a Parkway, but park on a Driveway? How's that for a question to ponder? That's about all I can come up with at the moment, 'cuz I'm still reeling over all your thought provoking questions. Very nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun brain exercise! And lots of good questions :)

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Hey thanks for this cool, make me think lens.

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      BelindaBlevins 6 years ago

      Great lens, and great questions.

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      You certainly came up with a great way to get people to participate in a lens. Well done!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      I'm sure I do but currently my brain spazed out. I'm thinking maybe I should ask the dogs.

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      GeorgiaHiker 6 years ago

      Great Lens. These are some unusual questions that need answers! LOL

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I don't know, do I? Just kidding--fun lens!

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      Great, fun lens but I wish I'd looked at it a little later in the day. Not properly awake yet. Perhaps I need more coffee so I can at least try to answer these questions.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Since they are all rhetorical questions I didn't answer them but it was well worth reading though the other responses. Good job

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      It's way too early in the day to be thinking this hard! Excellent lens content.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Great questions that make you think before answering. So if one thinks really hard are more brain cells created?

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Great question!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      A real thinker lens, good job

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I get a headache even trying to think of these I leave them as rhetorical :)

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Great questions that can get you thinking. I have often wondered who was the first one to see a live creature and decide to eat it!

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      @Heather426: I say he's still wrong. lol

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      funny stuff. I love the husband in the forest one.

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: In answer to your question, it most certainly is worth asking. If a question makes someone think a little harder about what the answer could be, then a question has been answered, even if it's not spoken aloud or written down.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      This was a very interesting visit. I had to laugh several times as I considered what I thought about each question. No doubt, you will get some very interesting answers :)

      My rhetorical question: If you don't get an answer, was the question worth asking?

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      ImmatureEntrepr 6 years ago

      Great lens! Funny stuff. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dear, Othercat .. I really love all of your questions. Its' so simple, but very hard to reply. Thinking and thinking .. take a lot of times for them. Would you mind if I would like to give a rhetorical question here such as ..

      What does the love smell like?

      The correct answer is .. in our mind :) 5 loving stars for you ;)

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      Jhangora LM 6 years ago

      Nice topic. I have a very curious nature and like to question even well established patterns and ways of thinking. Not sure if I can recall a rhetorical questions right now.