General themes: Overcoming adversity, Finding identity
In what ways does Alyce demonstrate intelligence? Why do you think some people call her a "lackwit fool"?
What are some of the villagers' beliefs and superstitions? Why is it important for the author to include those beliefs in the story?
Who or what is "the devil"? What do the devil's visits reveal about the villagers?
What events and beliefs about herself cause Alyce to leave the midwife? What makes her decide to return?
In what ways do Jane Sharp, Will, the cat, Edward, Jennet, and Magister Reese all help Alyce to find her place in the world?
How is life different for children of Alyce's time than it is for children now? How is it similar?
Do you think Alyce will succeed in making a life for herself? Why?