Some readers asked me to post a list of discussion questions for Marked: The Witchcraft Persecution of Goodwife Unise Cole (formerly titled The Mark of Goody Cole). Here they are, in no particular order:
- Do you think the people of Hampton were justified in their treatment of Unise Cole?
- Did any part of Unise Cole’s story inspire you in some way? If so, how?
- Was the book what you thought it would be?
- What events were the most interesting to you? Were there any surprises?
- (New title only) Was the ‘cast of characters’ in Appendix IV helpful in keeping everyone in the story accounted for? What about the maps?
- Did the story give you a sense of what life might have been like in 17th century Hampton?
- In several places the author departs from a non-fiction narrative to use imagined scenes and dialogues to tell the story. Did you feel these scenes were effective?
- Unise Cole’s life was/is the subject of several legends. Do you feel the book successfully separated the facts from the fiction?
- Were you sympathetic or critical of Unise? How about the author, what was her feeling towards Unise?
- No one knows why Unise Cole did the things she did. What’s your theory? Is it possible that she really was a witch?
- (As Nigel says in Spinal Tap, “But it goes to eleven.”) The author changed the title of the book. For better or worse?
Happy Reading in the New Year!