What do we call a question the answer to which seems obvious to many of us?

  • Duh!! .......... – Hot Licks Jun 21 '17 at 21:10
  • Do you mean a question with an obvious answer that is asked for some other reason, perhaps for a hidden agenda or for two no-win answers? – Yosef Baskin Jun 21 '17 at 21:41
  • self-evident is another option. – Jonah Jun 21 '17 at 22:37
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    @YosefBaskin No. Just a question that its answer is obvious. – Sasan Jul 30 '17 at 18:08

Rhetorical question - A question asked in order to create a dramatic effect or to make a point rather than to get an answer.


If the answer isn't obvious then the question isn't rhetorical.

  • Let me add that teachers and preachers ask rhetorical questions so the listeners think about the answer for themselves and own the answer in the process. It's a staple in the art of effective speaking. – Yosef Baskin Jul 30 '17 at 18:16

An obvious question is the most common phrase - really! The phrase could also refer to a question which rather obviously poses itself in the course of the discussion in question as well.

You could also call it a trivial question, although that implies a lack of importance.

  • Most common in what context? Do you have any sources for that? – Kevin Workman Jun 21 '17 at 22:52
  • @KevinWorkman But when you say, for example, that "the question is obvious", it means that the question itself, and not the answer, is obvious. – Sasan Jul 30 '17 at 18:10

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