Rhetorical Questions Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: 9-12 Reading and Writing

Core Standard

Our modern understanding of the concept of a question is that they are poised to elicit an answer from a person. There are some unique forms of questions that are part of the English language that have a purpose that completely differs from this notion. Rhetorical questions are asked but are not meant to be answered. Instead, they used to add a sense of drama with the primary goal of drawing attention to something. They are rooted in persuasion. When they are used in writing they almost create a sense of a pause for the reader. When a skilled author puts together a well word rhetorical question it can have a profound impact on their audience and quickly get them to see things their way. We created this set of worksheets to encourage students to create their own form of these types of questions and learn to identify those written by other authors.