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What punctuation should I use with a monologue that starts out with a rhetorical question and continues with an example?

Have you ever wondered how much time we spend in situations like this one: [insert lengthy story]

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Have you ever wondered how much time we spend in situations like this one?: [insert lengthy story]

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Have you ever wondered how much time we spend in situations like this one? [insert lengthy story]

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    Possible duplicate of Sentences ending with both a colon and a question mark – Edwin Ashworth Jul 20 '16 at 11:28
  • I thought it might be different because that query talks about a single item or a list of items after a question, rather than a question followed by a narrative of several complete sentences. – Leyre Jul 20 '16 at 11:32
  • The title is essentially the same, and answers there address general situations. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 20 '16 at 11:37
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Rhetorical or not, you are still asking a question. Keep the question mark, and strike the colon. In this instance, they are mutually exclusive.

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