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Is such an act necessary, one might ask

Does the above sentence need a question mark or a period?

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A question mark wouldn't apply to the whole sentence, because the main part of the sentence is "one might ask".

You could put a question mark after the actual question if you separate the question out into a quote or something like that, like:

"Is such an act necessary?", one might ask.

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    I think it could be punctuated even less awkwardly with a rearrangement: One might ask: Is such an act necessary? (Though this doesn't really answer the question, I thought it might be worth a mention in the comments.)
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 9, 2018 at 17:24

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