Have you ever heard of or taken The Proust Questionnaire? Take this fun personality test to discover more insights about yourself below!

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Have You Taken The Proust Questionnaire?


I love a good personality test — or even a bad one. Haha. So when I was listening to Armchair Expert yesterday (episode: Bateman Returns) and Dax and Monica brought up The Proust Questionnaire, my ears perked up.

While I’ve heard of The Proust Questionnaire for years, I’ve never actually taken it and thought it could be fun to do here!

It definitely could make the upcoming evening or weekend more captivating, especially, if like me and my beloved, you’ve run out of things to talk about.

The other day, struggling to engage Fred Baby in conversation, I proclaimed, “Well, we finally know the answer. It takes 20 years to run out of things to talk about.” He quipped, “No, it takes 6 months in isolation.” Touché, touché.


What Is The Proust Questionnaire?


According to Vanity Fair, “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.”


Intrigued? Me too! Shall we take the quiz?


Here are the 35 questions of the Proust Questionnaire…



The 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 most marked characteristic?

  26. What do you most value in your friends?

  27. Who are your favorite writers?

  28. Who is your hero of fiction?

  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?



After you take The Proust Questionnaire, I’d love to know:


* Is there a famous person whose answers you would like to see?

*Do you have a favorite question?

Copy and paste your favorite Q and your A  in the comments!

I’ll do the same…



p.s. It’s pronounced “Proost” like roost not “Proust.” Does that remind anyone else of a Gilmore Girls episode?

p.p.s. I just ordered this book, in which 101 luminaries answer the Proust Questionnaire. Will be fun to read one each night before bedtime!

p.p.p.s. A fun 3-question quiz!

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