Sunday, 29 July 2007

Proust questionnaire

On Friday during the French course that I am attending our teacher offered us to work on the questionnaire that was prepared by Marcel Proust

According to the story this questionnaire was used by Proust to entertain Parisians, while being able to predict their characters and to which extent their personal features fit their current jobs, spouses or hobbies... This questionnaire is now used by VANITY FAIR magazine to interview famous individuals of our times... Questions are quite simple, but at the same time it makes you think of certain things, that I have not done for a while....
Your most marked characteristic?
The quality you most like in a man?
The quality you most like in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
What is your favorite occupation?
What is your dream of happiness?
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
What would you like to be?
In what country would you like to live?
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Who are your favoite poets?
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Who are your favorite composers?
Who are your favorite painters?
Who are your heroes in real life?
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
What are your favorite names?
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
What event in military history do you most admire?
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
How would you like to die?
What is your present state of mind?
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
What is your motto?

Teacher asked us to answer to those questions in French... It was quite a challenge, let alone to do that in French, but while answering all these questions I thought it is quite a good questionnaire to hold on to and then check yourself in 10 years or so...
On top of this, I can say that I will be searching for a book of Marcel Proust to read and understand his interesting personality...

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