Character Survey – Family Background

  1. Who were your parents?
    • Were you raised by them?
    • If not, then why didn’t they and who did raise you?
    • What is your father’s full name?
    • What is your mother’s full name?
  2. What did your parents and/or foster parents do for a living?
  3. What was their standing in the community?
  4. Did your family stay in one area or move around a lot?
  5. How did you get along with your parents?
  6. How would your parents describe you?
    • Answer this in the voice of your mother, then in your father’s.
  7. Do you have any siblings?
    • If so how many and what were their names?
    • What was your birth position in the family (i.e.last born, and child, rd, etc.)?
    • How did you get along with each of your siblings?
  8. What was your family life like?
  9. List all current knowledge of family locations, spouses, children, birth dates, schooling and any important incidents that only you and they might remember.
  10. Are any or all of your family still alive?
    1. If so, where are they now?
    2. Do you stay in touch with them or have you become estranged?
  11. Draw out your family tree, including living and dead relatives.
  12. Do you love or hate one member of the family in particular?
  13. Is any member of the family special to you in any way (perhaps, as a confidant, mentor, or arch-rival)?
  14. Are there any black (or white) sheep in the family (including you)?
    • If so, who are they and how did they gain that status?
    • If this person is not you, how do you feel about them?
  15. Do you have a notorious or celebrated ancestor?
    • If so, what did this person do to become famous or infamous?
    • What do people assume about you once your ancestry is revealed?
    • Do you try to live up to the reputation of their ancestor, try to live it down, or ignore it?
  16. Have you begun your own family?
    • If not, do you ever want to have a family of your own someday?
    • If so, with who or what type of person?
  17. What type of person would be your ideal mate?
    • What would you be willing to do to protect such a person?
    • Is there anything you wouldn’t do to protect such a person and if so what?
    • Would anything change your mind on this issue and if so, what?