A Questionnaire

This is a mash-up of several well-known questionnaires, plus some added extras from a selection of job interview questions.

Please feel free to share your answers in the comments section of this post or in a post of your own if you’re a blogger – if you do a post please share a link to it in the comments.

This is just for fun, so don’t do the bits which aren’t fun for you.

If you’d like to visit the sites from which I borrowed these questions, and see the full set of questions as well as the original version of the questions I’ve altered a bit, the links are as follows:

Interesting Thing of the Day: The Questionnaires of James Lipton, Bernard Pivot, and Marcel Proust

Fast Company: 36 Interview Questions That Are Actually Fun To Answer

If you’re up for an additional challenge, here’s some questions from me:

1 – Which of these questions was your favourite and why?

2 – What did you learn about yourself while reading the questions?

3 – What did you discover about yourself while answering the questions?

4 – If you checked out the original questionnaires, which of the questions that I left out would you have liked to have answered and why?

an example of a Mind Map on the topic of Tools of Analysis by Ettore Ferrusi

Here is the mash-up questionnaire:

1 – What is your favorite word?

2 – What is your favorite curse word?

3 – What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

4 – What sound or noise do you love?

5 – What natural gift would you most like to possess?

6 – What is your principal defect? List the pros of having this defect and give it a positive spin (imagine that you’re selling it to someone else)?

7 – What is your motto? Why is it your motto? Where or who did it come from originally?

8 – What was the last gift you gave someone?

9 – You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? Describe the color to somebody who is blind.

10 – What are you known for?

11 – What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume (or online bio/profile) alone?

12 – What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?

13 – How would you convince someone to do something they didn’t want to do?

14 – You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?

15 – We finish the interview and you step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?

16 – Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes (in your reply to this question).

I know the last one isn’t really a question, I just love the concept of it and the difficult challenge it poses.

That’s it.

I’ll share my own answers in another post.

Over to you!


  1. Omg omg omg I used to do surveys like this all the mother hugging time back on my livejournal. I’ll totes have to do this on my blog when I get the chance later on. Hahaha!!!!!! *frenetic, aggressive happy bouncing*


  2. #4 The sound or noise from F1 race cars

    #8 A black case stuffed with candies inside. It’s not exactly the gift I gave out but this is one gift that I really wanted/meant to give. Incidentally, the day I presented the gift was also the time my heart ran away to my muse lol

    #15 Cash/claim it immediately!

    #16 This is suppose to be the difficult question ah… I’m just gonna have a little fun and mess it abit 😉 I will teach you the Chinese translation of your blog’s name An Upturned Soul = 上翹的靈魂, but you probably know this if you google translate it. So instead here is the Cantonese version, a more simplistic translation of mine 心靈倒轉.

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    • Thank you, Reverist, that’s excellent! 😀

      Your answer to #4 reminded me of the sound of my partner’s car, it’s like a low purr-growl, very satisfying. I can hear his car coming up the road long before he gets home.


        • OMO! That’s such a wonderful tool! I love it! 😀

          How good is the pronunciation, because I tried a couple of Italian versions of that and they’re awful but funny.

          I agree, F1 sounds very screechy and whiny. Meowwwwwwww as they zoom by. What you said sent me off on a tangent of car sounds. I live right next to a busy road and each car or truck or tractor or motorcycle, etc, has a sound personality. Last night when all was quite suddenly there was this load vroom… fairly certain it was a road motorcycle. The owner kept revving it while stopped for a few minutes. And there was also the sound of tires on ground kicking up a bits of a gravel storm. 😉

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  3. I am going to do this Ursula – it is too late now – I have to sleep, my head feels like it does when the underground trains make those horrid screeching noises as they are breaking.


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