I consider the second sentence more a statement than a question and have used a period. Is the following correct?

Is she drawn back into the past for a reason? Or is it all simply a horrible accident.

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    I'd be inclined to use a question mark for the second. But their use is highly subjective, and often depends on the "tone" and inflection you wish to convey. – Hot Licks May 3 '15 at 12:26
  • Thank you Hot Licks. So if I intend the second sentence to be more a statement ... using a period if I want to make the tone or voice drop when reading it would be okay grammatically? – user120341 May 3 '15 at 12:37
  • It depends on whether this text is being graded by a punctuation P-ist or not. – Hot Licks May 3 '15 at 12:40
  • Related. – Robusto May 3 '15 at 12:53
  • Agreed, Robusto. – user120341 May 3 '15 at 14:22

The second sentence contains the inversion "is it" that signals a question.

If you want to use a period, I suggest you remove the inversion to make it a conjecture:

  • Maybe it is all simply a horrible accident.
  • That's good advice Brian. I like your suggestion. – user120341 May 3 '15 at 14:18

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