How Proust Can Change Your Life ; Not a Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the quote De Botton begins Chapter 1 with.

De Botton begins Chapter 1 with a quote that suggests there are few things less than unhappiness that humans are more dedicated to. He reasons this true because their are plenty things for humans to be unhappy about.

2. Describe the subject of "How Proust Can Change Your Life ; Not a Novel"?

Marcel Proust is an author from the early 1900's. He was from France and his most famous work was titled "In Search of Lost Time".

3. What is the L'Intransigeant?

The L'Intransigeant was a newspaper in Paris during the 1900s. It had a popular column that polled famous celebrities during the time.

4. Discuss what question De Botton details that the L'Intransigeant asked in one of its polls?

The L'Intransigeant asked famous celebrities of its time how they felt humans would respond with the knowledge of knowing when the world would end. Many people responded in various ways, such as all social inhibitions would be thrown out the window or one celebrity said he would play a game of golf.

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