Do you do Proust?

I’ve tried to read proust many times in my Literature learning career. I have. I’ve been assigned many Proust writings and I’ve been told that he was considered a genius and influential. A real path blazer when it came to writing. Me? I didn’t like much of what I read of Proust, but I’m not really a fan.  Anyway, this questionnaire, popularized by Proust, according to Vanity Fair (from whence it sprang), has been making the rounds. I, myself got it from Embeecee.  She has interesting answers. Go read them.  I present you the questions here.  I’ll answer them in my next post.

The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Here is the basic Proust Questionnaire.

__1.__What is your idea of perfect happiness?

__2.__What is your greatest fear?

__3.__What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

__4.__What is the trait you most deplore in others?

__5.__Which living person do you most admire?

__6.__What is your greatest extravagance?

__7.__What is your current state of mind?

__8.__What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

__9.__On what occasion do you lie?

__10.__What do you most dislike about your appearance?

__11.__Which living person do you most despise?

__12.__What is the quality you most like in a man?

__13.__What is the quality you most like in a woman?

__14.__Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

__15.__What or who is the greatest love of your life?

__16.__When and where were you happiest?

__17.__Which talent would you most like to have?

__18.__If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

__19.__What do you consider your greatest achievement?

__20.__If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

__21.__Where would you most like to live?

__22.__What is your most treasured possession?

__23.__What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

__24.__What is your favorite occupation?

__25.__What is your strongest characteristic?

__26.__What do you most value in friends?

__27.__Who are your favorite writers?

__28.__Who is your fictional hero?

__29.__Which historical figure do you most identify with?

__30.__Who are your heroes in real life?

__31.__What are your favorite names?

__32.__What is it that you most dislike?

__33.__What is your greatest regret?

__34.__How would you like to die?

__35.__What is your motto?

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    1. Willow Post author

      Don’t ask me. 🙂 Ask Vanity Fair, they’re the ones who said the questions would reveal our “true selves”… or was it Proust? Proust might have said it. He was such a “deep thinker” you know.


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