Consider a sentence below.

The question/questions "which one is this?" or "which ones are these?" force an identifying response.

I am confused. Should I use "the question" or "the questions?"

Since there are two questions, it should be plural, but both questions are separated by the conjunction "but".

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The syntax is a bit off for either. I believe you want...

The questions "which one is this?" and "which ones are these?" force an identifying response.

'Questions' is plural, and allows both sides to be asked. This is the syntax you're wanting since you're making a claim about both questions and not a single one.

Also, if you're asking a question inside a sentence, use quotation marks to separate the question from the containing sentence.

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