Oxford Dictionary defines a "rhetorical question" as one "asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information".

Is there not a term for a 'normal' question, one asked to elicit information?


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The term information-seeking question is often used by linguists in precisely this sense, contrasting them with rhetorical questions - for instance, in this paper by linguists at the University of Konstanz.

(Full disclosure: these are colleagues of mine in a large research group on questions.)

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