Hypophora Examples


Hypophora is a rhetorical device where a speaker or writer states a question and then immediately answers the question.

Examples of Hypophora:

Should students wear uniforms to school? The answer is yes. Uniforms in school could decrease discipline incidents. They could also lead to increased concentration in class. Finally, uniforms create a sense of school community.

My grandmother cooks a feast every Thanksgiving. Why does she do it? She uses food to show love. She spends hours baking, roasting, stirring, and testing-all because she loves her family. This is her way of showing it.

Examples of Hypophora in Literature

From Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory:

"Thirty-one cakes, dampened with whiskey, bask on window sills and shelves.

Who are they for?

Friends. Not necessarily neighbor friends: indeed, the larger share is intended for persons we've met maybe once, perhaps not at all. People who've struck our fancy. Like President Roosevelt".

From E.B. White's Charlotte's Web:

"After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that."

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