Here is one way. Create a new variable that is the mean of the 8 items. You can do this because you said the items all measure same topic. Make sure this makes logical sense. Check to see if all items are coded in the same direction (i.e., 1 = bad, 6 = awesome). Then make a comparison of the two groups using your new variable. Your not going to get too far with six subjects no matter what you do - so - use both t test and Wilcoxon and compare results.