Freak the Mighty- Collins 5-8

December 6, 2007

Chapters 4-8 Discussion Questions

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After you have read chapters 4 through 8 in Freak the Mighty, respond to one of the following discussion topics. You may respond to both topics, but only one is required. Remember to write in complete sentences and proofread your writing before you submit your comments to the blog. Be sure to use your first name only.

1. Who is Gwen of Air? Why does Max think Gwen is afraid of him? What does Max learn is the real reason she is frightened of him? Predict what you think happened to Max’s father.

2. Why does Max begin carrying Kevin on his shoulders? How does Kevin feel about riding on Max’s shoulders? How do Max and Kevin become Freak the Mighty? What made Max a hero?


23 Comments »

  1.   Hanson — November 22, 2008 @ 3:12 pm    

    1. Gwen of Air is Freak’s (Kevin’s) mother. Her real name is Gwen, but sometimes Freak (Kevin) calls her Fair Guinevere, the legendary King Arthur’s wife. When mispronounced by Max, it sounds like Fair Gwen of Air. Max thinks Gwen is afraid of him because when she sees him, she grabs Freak (Kevin) and puts him in the wagon and runs home, like if she doesn’t escape quickly, something terrible is going to happen. Max thinks that Gwen is scared of him. Freak’s (Kevin’s) mother is actually afraid of Max because he is so big and looks so much like his dad. I think Max’s father went to prison because he killed Max’s mother.

  2.   Ross — November 23, 2008 @ 10:24 am    

    Kevin can only see feet and knees because he is so small and there are so many people. Max puts him on his shoulders so he can see the fireworks. Kevin loves riding on Max’s shoulders because he has “an amazing perspective” being up so high. They became Freak the Mighty when a cop asked “what is your name” and Kevin said “Freak the Mighty”. Max became a hero by doing what Kevin said and standing up to the gang.

  3.   eric.s — November 23, 2008 @ 10:46 am    

    Gwen of Air is Freak’s mother and her real name is Gwen. One of Freak’s favorite stories is about King Arthur and Arthur’s queen is Guinevere so he calls her Fair Gwen of Air.
    Max thought Gwen was afraid of him because he is tall and strong. Freak is small ,disabled and smart. Gwen is afraid that Max might hurt Freak partly because of his size and partly because Max looks a lot like his dad. Max finds out more of why Gwen is afraid of him when Freak says “she means you’re a spitting image of your old man”.
    I think that Max’s father did something really bad like a murder or stole something. Max’s father is in prison and everyone knows about it, I do not think that many people would pay attention to it if his father did something not very bad.

    2) Max begins carrying Kevin also known as Freak on his shoulders because Freak is disabled and cannot move very fast. Kevin feels that he is tall and non disabled when he rides on Max’s shoulders. Max and Freak become Freak the Mighty when Max was letting Freak ride on his shoulders at the fire work show. Max was called a hero because a person named Tony D. and his gang went after Max and Freak then Max went in the pond until Tony couldn’t reach them but then Tony’s gang started throwing rocks at them. So Freak attracted the attention of a policeman . In the end Max became a hero because he saved Freak and himself from Tony D.

  4.   Eric B — November 23, 2008 @ 10:56 am    

    The Gwen of Air is Freaks (Kevin’s) mother. Max thinks Gwen is afraid of him because he is so big for his height. Max learns that the real reason Gwen of air is scared of him is he looks pricisley like his Father. What I think happened to Max’s father was he got diforced and now Max has to live with his grim and gram.

  5.   Jack — November 23, 2008 @ 12:31 pm    

    Gwen of Air is Freak’s mom. Max thinks that she is afraid of him because he is so big. Later, Max learns Gwen is afraid of him because he looks exactly like his dad (who is in prison). I think Max’s dad killed his mom. That is why he is in prison.

  6.   Sarah — November 23, 2008 @ 3:10 pm    

    1. Gwen of Air is Kevin’s or (Freak’s) mother. Sometimes Kevin calls his mom Guinevere after the famous King Arthur’s wife. Max thinks that Gwen is afraid of him because when Gwen comes to pick up Kevin she comes and runs away. Max learned that the real reason she was frightened of him was because he was like a spitting image of his father, as Kevin or (Freak) would say. I think that Max’s father was in jail for doing something bad or wrong.

  7.   Nicky — November 23, 2008 @ 4:36 pm    

    Max begins carrying Kevin on his shoulders so Kevin can see the fireworks better. Kevin likes the feeling of riding on Max’s back because it has an “interesting perspective”. Max and Freak become Freak the Mighty because after they get saved by the policemen and a policeman offers to help Freak down Freak says that he will stay on Max’s shoulder’s for a while, claiming that they together are Freak the Mighty, slaying dragons and rescuing princesses. Max became a hero because everyone thought it was Max who stood up for the gang and rescued Freak.

  8.   Natalie — November 23, 2008 @ 5:10 pm    

    1)Gwen of Air is Freak’s mother. Max thinks that Freak’s mom is scared of him because he is really tall and is big. The real reason why is because he looks like his father. I think that Max’s dad is in jail or he died and Max’s mom died so he has to live with Grim and Gram because he has no one to take care of him.

  9.   Juliana — November 23, 2008 @ 5:27 pm    

    1.Gwen of Air is Kevin’s (Freak’s) mom. Freak sometimes calls her Fair Guinevere after King Arthur’s wife, but Max mispronounces it and calls her Fair Gwen of Air. Max thinks Gwen is frightened of him because he is so huge and tall. The real reason she is scared or Max is because he is the spitting image of his father and Gwen knows about the, assumed, terrible history of his dad. I think something bad happened to Max’s father when he was a little kid. My guess is that he had a terrible childhood (many his parents treated him poorly) and then when he had a child he took out his anger, from his own childhood, on his son Max such as, maybe abandoning him or abusing him in some way.

    2.Max begins carrying Kevin on his shoulders during the fireworks on the 4th of July because Freak (Kevin) is not tall enough to see over the crowd. Freak likes riding on Max’s shoulders because he can see the world from a new perspective. Max and Freak become Freak the Mighty when they escape Tony D. (The Blade) and his dangerous posse. Max was made a hero when he was spotted stuck in a pond with Freak on his shoulders. To bystanders it looked like Max had saved Freak from being hurt, or killed, by Tony and his friends.

  10.   Timmy D — November 23, 2008 @ 5:44 pm    

    The Gwen of Air is Kevin’s mom. Max thinks Gwen is afraid him because he is really big. The real reason Gwen is afraid of him is because he reminds Gwen of his dad. I think Max’s dad is in prison because did something bad to Max’s mom. That is why Max lives with Grim and Gram.

  11.   Kate — November 23, 2008 @ 5:56 pm    

    2) Max starts carrying Kevin on his shoulders because Kevin is so small that he cant see the fire works all he sees is legs. Kevin loves riding on Max’s shoulders because he can see over everybody’s heads. Max and Kevin become Freak the Mighty when the police asked “What’s your name?” Max became a hero by doing what Kevin said to loose the gang.

  12.   Kate — November 23, 2008 @ 5:56 pm    

    2) Max starts carrying Kevin on his shoulders because Kevin is so small that he cant see the fire works all he sees is legs. Kevin loves riding on Max’s shoulders because he can see over everybody’s heads. Max and Kevin become Freak the Mighty when the police asked “What’s your name?” Max became a hero by doing what Kevin said to loose the gang.

  13.   Conner G says "fruit salad yummy yummy" — November 23, 2008 @ 6:20 pm    

    The “Fair Gwen of Air” is Freak’s (Kevin’s) mom. Gwen is afraid of Max because he is so big. Max later finds out that Gwen was afraid of Max because he is a “spitting image” of his dad who is in prison. I think Max’s dad is in prison because he killed his mom and the “coppas” caught him so he went to jail. :p

  14.   Matthew — November 23, 2008 @ 6:24 pm    

    1. Gwen of Air is Freak’s mother. Max thinks Gwen is afraid of him because he is a big person. The real reason Gwen is afraid of Max is that Max’s father is in prison and Max looks extremely similar to him bad. I think Max’s father killed someone or robbed someone.

  15.   KiM LoNg — November 23, 2008 @ 7:04 pm    

    Max decides to start to carry Kevin on his shoulders because Kevin was trembling and starts to grab on Max’s hair. Freak feels flipped out when Max picked him up and puts him on his shoulders. After Blade took on Max and Freak they became, “Freak the Mighty” for their teamwork and effort they put together. The reason Max became the hero of the day was that he rescued Kevin and himself from Blade.

  16.   Sydney "I LIKE TURTLES!!!!!!!" — November 23, 2008 @ 7:20 pm    

    “Gwen of air’ is freak’s mom, Guinevere.Max thinks Gwen is afraid of him because he is HUGE!!!!The actual reason was that Gwen thinks he looks exactly like his father. Max’s father probably killed someone, because he is in jail.

  17.   Matty "Matrica" :) — November 23, 2008 @ 7:39 pm    

    1) Gwen of Air is Freak’s mother. Max thinks Gwen is afraid of him because he is so big, but the real reason is because Max looks really similar to his father, who is in prison and doesn’t have the cleanest record. I think that Max’s father was a murder and he killed a big number of people. :)

  18.   Katie — November 23, 2008 @ 8:35 pm    

    2. Max begins carrying Kevin on his shoulders at a Fourth of July firework party. Kevin cannot see the fireworks, so Max, without asking, lifts Kevin up onto his shoulders. Kevin surprisingly likes being on Max’s shoulders; he says he sees the world from a whole new perspective. The two of them become Freak the Mighty when the police officers ask them for their names. Kevin answers, “We are Freak the Mighty”. Together, they are nine feet tall! Max becomes a “hero” because the police officers tell Gram and Grim that Max was heroically “saving” a small boy. Even though Max really had not been saving Kevin, Gram and Grim believe it and seem to be friendlier toward Max.

  19.   Katie — November 23, 2008 @ 8:38 pm    

    I just wanted to say that everyone is doing a great job blogging! Juliana, I especially like your answer to number 2. Keep up the good work!

  20.   Darren — November 23, 2008 @ 8:48 pm    

    Gwen of Air is Kevin’s mother and is beautiful and bright. Max thinks Gwen is afraid of him because he is big and storng. Later, he finds out that Gwen is afraid of him because he looks exactly like his father. Max’s Fther probably a criminal of some sort.

  21.   alex — November 24, 2008 @ 6:03 pm    

    Max first begins carrying Kevin on his shoulders when he complains about being unable to see the fire works. Kevin enjoys riding on Max’s shoulders and says he can see the worlds from a new perspective. They became Freak the Mighty when a police officer asks what their names are and Kevin promptly replied we are Freak the mighty! Max became a hero because he stood up to a bully and helped keep Kevin safe.

  22.   wassim — November 24, 2008 @ 7:31 pm    

    Gwen is Kevin’s mom.Max thinks she is scared of him because he is huge. After a while his grandma tells him shes scared of him because he looks like his dad. I think that maxes dad was doing drugs and one day he got high and killed maxes mom.

  23.   lida — November 25, 2008 @ 11:48 am    

    Kevins mom is Gwen. She’s scared of max because he looks like his dad. Max thhought she was scared because he was so big. Maxes dad probally killed someone or took drugs.

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