An answer spoken to produce an effect and not necessarily to answer the actual question. A rhetorical answer may possibly be given in response to a rhetorical question, as a sort of counter-attack in a rhetorical battle.
Do you know how many people will be in our philosophy class this year?
C'mon seriously, do you know what the main topic of our class will be?
Geez, how many times do you have to piss me off with rhetorical answers in one day?
Do you think I should wear the green dress or the red dress?
To be or not to be.
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