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Proust Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Proust answered the questionnaire several times in his life, always with enthusiasm. The original manuscript of his answers of 1890, at the time of his volunteer internship or some little time afterwards, titled “by Marcel Proust himself,” was found in 1924. For a million year you will never guess how I came across this test;—yes Vanity Fair has an interactive test online but no, I didn’t snag it from them.

Your favorite virtue:
(Doesn’t necessarily mean I possess the virtue) Compassion and capacity to love.

Your favorite qualities in a man:
Take responsibility for his actions; be honest with his feelings; be humble enough to admit his wrong

Your favorite qualities in a woman:
To be independent of men; to be free from vanity; have good manners (that means no yapping so loud at coffee shops, ladies)

Your chief characteristic:
Nerdiness and geekiness

What you appreciate the most in your friends:
To have tenderness and patience for me; they don’t always have to be there, but if I need the company, they would be great listener.

Your main fault:
Not being able to fight for what I want, and that roots in fear and insecurity.

Your favourite occupation:
(Physically) Reading; (emotionally) loving someone I love.

Your idea of happiness
(I’m afraid to jinx this if I say it) In the company of the person with whom I have established a romantic, intelligent, and emotional bonding. Plainly speaking, to be with the person I love.

Your idea of misery:
To be without love; loneliness is not a misery. I can spend hours on end on my own. To quote Jane Austen from Emma, “I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.”

If not yourself, who would you be:
Myself, as the people whom I admire would like me to be.

Where would you like to live:
At this moment, Hawaii!

Your favourite colour and flower.
The color alone doesn’t matter. Coordination of colors is what makes the world beautiful. I do like to wear navy blue. Favorite flower is white rose.

Your favorite prose authors:
(Living) Toni Morrison; (non-living) W. Somerset Maugham

Your favorite poets:
It’s a shame I’m not savvy and conversant in poetry.

Your favorite heroes in fiction:
Brother William from The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

Your favorite heroines in fiction:
Margarita from The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Your favorite painters and composers:
Haydn, Mozart, Telemann

Your heroes/heroines in real life:

What characters in history do you most dislike:
They’re probably Republicans?

Your favorite food and drink:
Chinese home-style cooking, Japanese sushi and sashimi (especially yellow tail and salmon), Vietnamese pho, Thai red curry, thin-crusted margahrita pizza, fruits, cosmopolitan with Grey Goose vodka.

Your favorite names:
I only have one at a time. My given name.

What I hate the most:
Anything that disturbs the peace and quiet (and thus my reading): chatty bitches, chatty bitches talking on the cell-phones, chatty bitches who won’t stop talking at the coffee shop, stupid car alarms that won’t go off, loud motorcycles,… Get the idea?

World history characters I hate the most:
I am not educated enough.

The military event I admire the most:
I do not admire any of the military events.

The reform I admire the most:

The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with:
Ability to be invisible;  the ability to read people’s mind.

How I wish to die:
Fulfilled, loved, and painless

What is your present state of mind:
Boredom and crankiness from having thought about myself to answer all these questions. When does this questionnaire end for crying out loud?

For what fault have you most toleration:
Faults that I can understand and relate; emotional and character foibles but not including vices like laziness, unfaithfulness, selfishness, inconsideration, disrespect, any forms of discrimination.

Your favorite motto:
“Hurry up! I don’t have all day.” Oops did you say motto? This is what I believe will help this world move more smoothly and efficiently.

By the way, I snag this questionnaire from a prublication on dogs. Dogs obviously know better because they’re always engaging in the observation of their masters!

15 Responses

  1. Great questionnaire. Something for me to mull over on a “quiet day” with my own Moleskine. :]

    And, also, it was only until, you answered “Where would you like to live?” that I realized it wasn’t Proust answering this, hahaha.

    • Oh this will make a good mulling. After I completed the questionnaire, comparison to Proust’s set of answers reveals that we are to a certain degree very similar!

  2. Loved getting to know you a bit better!!!

  3. Nerdiness and geekiness ,,, ready?

  4. My book group meets at a local coffee shop during the winter months. I’m sure there are plenty of patrons like you that are very glad we meet in the private room upstairs 😉

    • I’m sure your book group would be civil and nothing like those people who just kept going on for two hours without giving their mouths a rest. The mindless gossips of theirs! 🙂

  5. Love the questions! While I’m mostly with you on the military things all being bad – what about the Dunkirk evacuation? That was really good, all the little private boats that came across the English Channel to save the soldiers? 🙂

    • That’s a good one there, my mind was just too occupied trying to wrap up the questionnaire and couldn’t come up with even one military event.:)

  6. Since I live in Hawaii, I’m curious what island is your favorite. I like the survey and the opportunity to know you better. Regarding republicans, I feel the same way now but some of them, like Abraham Lincoln, were okay. 🙂

    • Kauai was love at first sight. I’ve been back twice more since I first discovered in 2007. As much as I like Oahu, I treaure and cherish the serenity of the Isle of Garden, which casts a spell on me. I never get tired of looking at the sceneries, the mountain, the canyon and quiet beaches.

  7. Your answers to the last few questions made me laugh! Very interesting questions. The military event question is so bizarre!! And how could dogs answer that question? 🙂

  8. Always love reading about people’s answers to the proust questionnaire. Been doing it very few years since college. I take it as a personal inventory type of exercise. Here are some other places to see other people’s answers or answer the questionnaire yourself:

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