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Both options are correct. And others. In Spanish, since the words are properly modified (the verb is conjugated, and the names and adjectives are coordinated), there is some elasticity to order them. This is usually done for stylistic purposes, but can be done also for meaning reasons. ¿Por qué es vendedora tu madre? This one stresses the fact that she ...
That sentence is not a (blatant) question, but is a indirect interrogative sentence. Los Dursley se estremecían al pensar qué dirían los vecinos si los Potter apareciesen por la acera is equivalent to Los Dursley se estremecían al pensar (o pensando): ¿Qué dirán los vecinos si los Potter aparecen por la acera? There is your question, and that is ...
The sentence "¿Qué es la pregunta?" does not make sense in Spanish. It can be understood as "what is the definition of the question?", but grammatically sounds bad. Here I paste a graph showing the difference between qué and cuál. (I don't know the source, only found among my docs).
The question "Who built Stonehenge?" refers to something that is fixed in the past. If we stick to that fact, in spanish the same question would be "¿Quién construyó Stonehenge?" (singular) or "¿Quiénes construyeron Stonehenge?" (plural). Simple past. Now if you're debating about alternative outcomes of events that would have caused Stonehenge to not being ...
It can be hard to pick up on the nuances of this issue. Cuál means 'Which' (as in which one?), and is usually the right word to use when followed by 'to be', as in ¿Cuál es la pregunta? Qué is used when immediately followed by the noun, as in ¿Qué pregunta tienes?
Cuál es la pregunta. You asking basically what's the question. Qué es la pregunta? In other cases could have sense, but not here. For example: What is this? Would be: Qué es esto? ("Cuál es esto" doesn't exist) Translated in English would be as you say "What is the question" both, with the difference that the first has sense and the second doesn't.
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