1. How do you think Marie's life differed from most other women
of her time? Where would you say she placed her emphasis?
2. When Marie visited the Marquis de Sade in the Bastille, she
was surprised by the conditions she found there. Were you surprised
as well? If so, in what way did those conditions surpass or fall
short of your expectations?
3. What was the comparison Marie made between the Bastille and
Versailles? How would you describe the organization, operations,
scent and reality of daily life in each location?
4. Who was the Duc D'Orleans and what type of role would you say
he played regarding the French revolution? What role would you say
he played in the common people's belief regarding the king?
5. When the Royal family tried to economize their personal
lifestyle and the kingdom's expenses, how did the other nobles
respond and why?
6. At one point, Marie told her neighbor, and later fiancé,
Henri, she didn't agree with Rousseau's philosophy regarding the
goodness of man. In what way would you say Marie's philosophy
regarding people differed from Rousseau?
7. How would you describe the Royal family's knowledge of the
way the populace felt about them? Why was this so? What role do you
think this knowledge, or lack thereof, played as a catalyst for the
8. How would you describe the king's style of ruling? What
factor do you think this played in the people revolting against
him? If he'd been a harsher ruler do you think the people would
have been more or less likely to revolt and why? By the same token,
if he had been a more lenient ruler do you think this would have
increased or diminished the likelihood of the revolution?
9. hat do you think was the king's greatest virtue as a ruler?
What was his greatest vice? Which characteristic of his do you
think played the greatest role in his ultimately losing his throne
and his life?
10. What events in Madame Tussaud
would you describe as ironic? Can you think of similar things or
events that have occurred during your lifetime, whether in this
country or elsewhere? If so, how are they similar?
11. Marie's brother, Edmund, accused Marie of making matters
worse for the Royal family by portraying them through her wax
figures in a misleading or lurid way. Do you agree? How did the
Salon De Cire's exhibits mirror or differ from the way the French
newspapers described the Royal family?
12. Would you describe Marie as a Royalist or a revolutionary?
Why? If she'd had the ability to do so, at the end of her life what
specific things do you think she would have gone back and rectified
or done differently?