Civil Disobedience

How does the use of the device of the rhetorical question differ in these two instances? Do the questions motivate different responses in the reader?

Is this an effective device? Would Thoreau's argument have been better served, especially in the second passage, by replacing the questions with statements of fact? What is gained, rhythmically and tonally, by grouping questions together in this manner?

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What instances or contrasting responses are you referring to? Please be more specific when asking your questions.