This question is for the second part of the exam.
This semester we’ve been looking at romance as a literary genre. What can the romances of Ashmole 61 reveal about its audience and culture?
I like the genre orientation of this question, as well as the focus on audience and culture. It could be addressed through material from the entire manuscript (as suits a question for section two of the exam) and keeps the respondent’s eye very much on the literary texts and their readers. Were a question like this to appear on the exam, it would likely include some restrictions on the number of primary texts to use, etc.
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