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At the masquerade party, Marie Antoinette and her party appear to act differently because no one knows who they are. How can concealing your identity do away with inhibitions? In what ways, might a person act differently if he or she were not concerned about being “unmasked”?
Marrying off their children was one way royal households ensured political alliances. Is this practice, or anything similar to it, still employed today? Do moneyed families want their children to marry equally wealthy partners? Or do politically powerful people look for similarly influential families to marry into? What other kinds of “alliances” may families look to make?
In what ways does Marie Antoinette find it difficult to fit into her new family? How can a person’s own family cultural, social, political or religious traditions affect their marriage? What other kinds of differences have to be dealt with when you marry into a family?