- What is your favorite word?
- all onomatopoeia: hiss, buzz, drip, shush, sizzle, slurp, murmur, croak…
- What is your least favorite word?
- Any hateful word, or the word booger. Such an ugly word.
- What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
- What turns you off?
- Closed minds
- What is your favorite curse word?
- What sound or noise do you love?
- The quiet only possible when you’re far away from civilization in nature.
- What sound or noise do you hate?
- Sportscenter barking in the background (sorry, honey).
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
- What profession would you not like to do?
- I would be terrible at any profession requiring fashion sense.
- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
- Do you want to see my bug collection?
Here you can see a photo of Bernard Pivot-- can't you tell this is an inquisitive man!?
Could he look more charming?
Could he have more sparkle or zazz? I think not.
Trivia: Pivot used the Proust questionnaire to ask several questions of visitors to his shows Apostrophes and Bouillon de Culture (though as my source is Wikipedia, I'm not sure he used these questions on both of his shows, I know only that he hosted both).
James Lipton was inspired by the practice and did something similar for his show Inside the Actors Studio. The questionnaire was not developed by Proust, but instead was taken famously by Proust. According to Wikipedia, this kind of questionnaire was typically taken by British people as a kind of personality test.