Click to learn more and see Proust's questions & answers!
I like the observation by editor Henry-Jean Servat that even when the questions were simply of the yes / no variety, Proust's answers were not: "The stupid answers in the album would have required conclusive answers, too uncouth to be exact. But a master with words like Proust knew how to get out of a trap like this. And he escapes either by remaining silent and not answering, or by doing the opposite and producing long lists or general ideas."
I tried to do the same, though I never realized when I was doing these a few years back with a few friends and relatives, that we were following in the footsteps of Proust!
The Proust Questionnaire!
Not the Proust questions, but same idea:
A PERFECT DAY IS: Swimming, reading, writing, drinking tea, the kitchen clean, maybe baking, the windows open. Ger home on vacation.
MY LOVE LIFE IN A WORD OR TWO: I am the luckiest.
WORST EVER BLOW TO MY PRIDE: Some scholarships I failed to receive in grad school.
YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: That I like Sudoku better than Crossword Puzzles.
NO ONE KNOWS (well, now they will): That I have given up sorting the laundry. I just toss it all in together & hope for the best
MY SIMPLEST PLEASURE: Playing with stickers.
MY GUILTIEST PLEASURE: Spending a lot of money to have my nails done.
MY STATED HOBBY: Writing cards & letters.
MY SECRET HOBBY: Rewriting history.
MY HIDDEN TALENT: I'm surprisingly good at parallel parking, considering my general dislike of driving & my lack of spatial skills.
IN MY FRIDGE YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND: Milk for my kids' cereal. Oops! Except when we run out!
BUT YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO FIND: Marmite!
WHAT I'D SAY TO MY TWENTY-SOMETHING SELF: No need to get married just yet.
IF I COULD HAVE A DO-OVER I WOULD: Major in Accounting instead of English. Go figure!
I USED TO HATE BUT NOW I LOVE: Swimming.
I'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND: Littering & War.
I'D LOVE TO BE A FLY ON THE WALL OF: Shakespeare & Jesus, so that we could have comprehensive biographies of these two guys.
IF I COULD WIGGLE MY NOSE LIKE IN BEWITCHED, I WOULD: Pop in to visit all my faraway friends & relatives.
ALWAYS MAKES ME LAUGH: Reading Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, Roz Chast, Jack Handey, Anne Lamott, David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell; listening to Stephen Colbert; watching Christmas Vacation.
MY MOTHER / FATHER WAS RIGHT ABOUT: Learn to drive a standard before an automatic!
ECO-FRIENDLY CHANGES IN MY LIFE: No more Plastic "Glad" Wrap, instead I save the wax paper cereal bags to reuse for food storage; always running the dishwasher on "Light" and doing most of the laundry on "Delicate" -- so far, everything still comes out clean (see sorting tip, above).
MY LIFE WOULD BE SIMPLER IF: I would stop being so fretful.
I WOULD STOP BEING SO FRETFUL IF: Only I knew how to stop being so fretful. (See righthand column!)
I CAN'T IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT: Books. Cats.
SOME MOVIES THAT I LIKE IN SPITE OF MYSELF: Talladega Nights, The Terminator (#1 only, the others -- no), Zoolander
ON MY "NOT TO DO" LIST: Coloring my hair & polishing the ceiling (our phrase for excessive housecleaning)
I WOULD REALLY WELCOME SOME FEEDBACK REGARDING: My blogs
Here's another one I did with my family; probably needs updating, some answers not current, but for now, I'll post as is: Family Fun, Peg's Quiz