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Quiz about I Am the Mara
Quiz about I Am the Mara

I Am the Mara Trivia Quiz


I've put the spotlight on the Mara for my third "Doctor Who" quiz, which covers material from "Kinda" and "Snakedance."

A multiple-choice quiz by Caseena. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Caseena
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
375,891
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
175
Last 3 plays: Guest 99 (6/10), Guest 162 (6/10), Guest 86 (8/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. The Mara enters Tegan's mind when she falls asleep where? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. When possessed by the Mara, Tegan's and Aris's mouths turn what color? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Panna says that the Mara brings suffering to Deva Loka by introducing what element? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. According to Karuna, where does the Mara come from? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The Doctor defeats the Mara by trapping it inside a circle of what? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. At the beginning of "Snakedance," Tegan is having nightmares about the Mara--it still lives in her head. What does the Doctor make Tegan wear so that the Mara will stay out of her conscious mind? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What is the name of the empire that the Mara came from? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Why does the Mara need the Great Crystal to manifest? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Which is not one of the three temptations mentioned at the Mara ceremony? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Snakedancer Dojjen says that the Doctor can defeat the Mara by embracing something inside himself. What does Dojjen call this? Hint



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Mar 29 2024 : Guest 99: 6/10
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Mara enters Tegan's mind when she falls asleep where?

Answer: Under wind chimes

The wind chimes are the first sign that the Doctor and his companions have not come to a primitive planet. While the Doctor and Adric wander off, Tegan falls asleep - the Kinda people find her and leave fruit and flowers around her. The Kinda built the chimes, but the Mara uses them to creep into unwary minds...
2. When possessed by the Mara, Tegan's and Aris's mouths turn what color?

Answer: Reddish-pink

The actors chewed dental disclosure tablets, which stain plaque and tongues red, to get this effect. In Tegan's dreams, the other figures she encounters are primarily white, though the snakes which appear on their arms are red.
3. Panna says that the Mara brings suffering to Deva Loka by introducing what element?

Answer: Time

According to Panna, time causes change in civilization, which causes suffering and death and eventually leads to the end of that civilization. When the Mara leaves, peace will return to the Kinda. For the Kinda, speech is a sign of wisdom--mostly, they speak telepathically.
4. According to Karuna, where does the Mara come from?

Answer: The Dark Places of the Inside

The Mara can manifest when a person dreams alone, so among the Kinda, sleeping alone near the chimes is forbidden. If the Doctor hadn't left Tegan alone, she wouldn't have dreamed and allowed the Mara to enter the real world.
5. The Doctor defeats the Mara by trapping it inside a circle of what?

Answer: Mirrors

Evil can't stand to look at itself. Seeing its reflections reflected on itself, the Mara leaves Aris and manifests as a giant snake before exploding into pinkish light. Tegan looks at the snake through the gaps in the mirrors - perhaps this is why the Mara lingers in her head.

"Kinda" is one of the "Doctor Who" serials that, on some DVD releases, contains re-done CGI for some effects shots. The Mara snake was done with puppetry originally; on DVD, the viewer has the option to watch either the original broadcast version or the CGI effects.
6. At the beginning of "Snakedance," Tegan is having nightmares about the Mara--it still lives in her head. What does the Doctor make Tegan wear so that the Mara will stay out of her conscious mind?

Answer: An earbud

Under hypnosis, Tegan recalls the events of "Kinda," and the Mara speaks with her voice. The Doctor makes her a device that looks like an iPod with one earbud - it emits noise that suppresses brain waves that cause dreaming. Since the Mara thrives on dreams, the noise should, theoretically, keep the Mara from fully possessing Tegan. It also leaves her deaf and vulnerable, and she gets scared and runs away from Nyssa. The Mara then possesses her when another person takes off her earbud.

On the DVD commentary, the actors wonder why Tegan can't hear outside noise when wearing only one earpiece. They (somewhat jokingly) conclude that the Doctor designed it so well that the wearer needs only one earphone to hear the sound in both ears.
7. What is the name of the empire that the Mara came from?

Answer: Sumaran

The planet Manussa was colonized by the Manussan and Sumaran Empires and was originally ruled by the Mara. The Mara was destroyed 500 years before "Snakedance" by the Federation, which now controls the planet. The Manussans cling to this story and its celebration, though they view the myth of the Mara's return as nothing more than a legend. Thus, they don't take the Doctor's warnings about the Mara seriously.
8. Why does the Mara need the Great Crystal to manifest?

Answer: The Crystal can use brain waves to recreate the Mara's form.

The Great Crystal and the similar small ones were created to match human brain waves and create whatever people can imagine. The Mara wants to use the Crystal at the Mara ceremony, when everyone will be thinking about it, to regain its physical form and power over humans.

The Mara was originally created by the people's negative thoughts--their hatred and greed were made real in the form of the Mara.
9. Which is not one of the three temptations mentioned at the Mara ceremony?

Answer: Anger

The Mara chooses Lon to help it because he can get the Crystal from Ambril and put it in the chamber during the ceremony. Lon is also bored with his life, which makes him an easier target. Lon is played by Martin Clunes - "Snakedance" was his first television appearance.
10. Snakedancer Dojjen says that the Doctor can defeat the Mara by embracing something inside himself. What does Dojjen call this?

Answer: Still point

Chela says in part three that the Mara "may only be resisted by those of perfectly clear mind." Dojjen corroborates this statement in the ruins when he tells the Doctor, "Fear is the only poison... Attach to nothing. Let go of your fear." As the Mara was created by hate and fear, letting go of these emotions and ignoring the Mara when in its presence stops it from regaining its true form.
Source: Author Caseena

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