The questions have their origin in the spiritual accountability group (called "The Holy Club" by some) started by John Wesley when he was a student at Oxford. The first list of questions appeared about 1729 or 1730 in the preface to Wesley's second Oxford Diary. Similar questions appeared in his 1733 A Collection of Forms of Prayer for Every Day in the Week.
Here are the first five questions replete with my comments:
- Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am?
I struggle with comparison and judgmentalism. Sometimes excuse and rationalize it. I am not better than anyone.
- Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in confidence?
I do not pass on confidences but I do sometimes catch myself passing on gossip.
- Can I be trusted?
I hope so yet I do understand how weak I am.
- Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
Not as much as I used to be. Being retired has freed me of some of those constraints. :)
- Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
Sometimes. I can especially relate to self-pity. I am a work in progress.
As late as 1781, Wesley published a list of questions like this in the Arminian Magazine. Joni and Friends published the whole list of questions here. Let me know what you think of the list and how you might have answered one of them.