NCERT Solutions for Chapter 7 The Invention of Vita-Wonk. Class 7 English Honeycomb

Mr. Willy Wonka, owner of the chocolate factory, decided to invent Wonka-Vite. It will make people younger, but it is too strong. After taking this, people's ages rapidly decrease, some have even disappeared because their age has reached minus! As Mr. Willy Wonka explains to Charlie, he invented a liquid that can make one age quickly. The Wonka-Vite he previously invented made people appear younger than they actually were. However, the liquid turned out to be too strong and reduced the person's age to minus 87 years. In the story of Vita-Wonk, we learn that nature is full of miracles, but imagination plays a big role in inventing them.

NCERT Solutions for Class 7th English Chapter 7 The Invention of Vita-Wonk.

The Invention of Vita-Wonk. Questions and Answer

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Comprehension Check I

Question 1: Choose the right answer.

(i) Mr. Willy Wonka is

(a) a cook, (b) an inventor; (c) a manager

(ii) Wonka-Vite makes people

(a) older (b) younger.

(iii) Mr. Wonka wants to invent a new thing which will make people

(a) younger (b) older


(i) (b)

Mr. Willy Wonka is an inventor.

(ii) (b)

Wonka-Vite makes people younger.

(iii) (b)

Mr. Wonka wants to invent a new thing which will make people older.


Question 2: Can anyone's age be a minus number? What does "minus 87" mean?


No, one's age cannot be a minus number. In the story, "minus 87" means that a person must wait eighty-seven years before he can return.


Question 3: Mr. Wonka begins by asking himself two questions. What are they?

(i) What is ____ ?

(ii) What lives ____ ?


(i) What is the oldest living thing in the world?

(ii) What lives longer than anything else?


Question 1:

Working with the Text

(A) What trees does Mr. Wonka mention? Which tree does he say lives the longest?


In his conversation with Charlie, Mr. Wonka mentions Douglas fir, oak, cedar, and bristlecone pine trees. Bristlecone pine trees grow on the slopes of Wheeler Peak in Nevada, U.S.A., where they live the longest.


(B) How long does this tree live? Where can you find it?


A tree can live for over 4000 years. In Nevada, it can be found growing on the slopes of Wheeler Peak.


Question 2: How many of the oldest living things can you remember from Mr. Wonka's list? (Don't look back at the story!) Do you think all these things really exist, or are some of them purely imaginary?


The oldest things on Mr. Wonka’s list are; 

(1.) The sap of a Bristlecone pine that is over 4000 years old

(2.) The toe nail of a Russian farmer aged 168 years

(3.)A 200-year-old tortoise's egg belonging to the King of Tonga

(4.) Arabian horse tail of 51 years old

(5.) The whiskers of a 36-year-old cat

(6.) Tail of a 207-year-old Giant Tibetan Rat

(7.) Black teeth of a 97-year-old Grimalkin

The pine trees and tortoise egg are probably the only things in this list that exist.


Question 3: Why does Mr. Wonka collect items from the oldest things? Do you think this is the right way to begin his invention?


In order to make people grow old, Mr. Wonka collects these items from the oldest things. He is obsessed with collecting everything old, no matter how strange it may seem. In my opinion, this is not the right way to start a new invention.


Question 4: What happens to the volunteer who swallows four drops of the new invention? What is the name of the invention?


The volunteer began wrinkling and shriveling as soon as he swallowed the new portion. His hair began falling out and his teeth began falling out as well. In an instant, he grew to be seventy-five years of age. The new invention was named Vita-Wonk by Mr. Wonka.


Working with Language

Question 1: What do you call these insects in your language?

Add to this list the names of some insects common in your area.


These insects in Hindi are called

(i) Cockroach - Cockroach

(ii) Mosquito Machchar

(iii) Grasshopper - Tiddee

(iv) Housefly - Makhi

(v) Dragon fly - Vyaadh patang

(vi) Ant – Chinti


Question 2: Fill in the blanks in the recipe given below with words from the box.

Shred, cooker, times, tomatoes, half, onion, oil

  • One ____
  • One cup dal
  • Two thin green chillies
  • ____a teaspoon red chilli powder
  • Eight small bunches of palak
  • Two ____
  • Salt to taste

Was and cut the vegetables; ____ the palak. Put everything in a pressure ____ Let the cooker whistle three_______, then switch it off. Fry a few cumin seeds in ____ and add to the palak-daal.


  • One onion
  • One cup dal
  • Two thin green chillies
  • Half a teaspoon red chilli powder
  • Eight small bunches of palak
  • Two tomatoes
  • Salt to taste

Was and cut the vegetables; shred the palak. Put everything in a pressure cooker. Let the cooker whistle three times, then switch it off. Fry a few cumin seeds in oil and add to the palak-daal.



Question 1:

(A) Make a list of the trees Mr. Wonka mentions. Where do these trees grow? Try to find out from an encyclopaedia. Write a short paragraph about two or three of these trees.


Douglas fir, Oak, Cedar, Pine

Douglas fir - The Douglas fir is an evergreen tree that grows in the coniferous forests of North America. The tree grows up to 100 meters tall. Its leaves are flat and soft, and they grow on the upper branches. In the Christmas season, it is used.

Oak - The oak tree is a shrub that grows in many locations around the world. Dense forests are home to this species. Furniture is made from its thick trunk.

Cedar - Cedar is a coniferous tree that grows throughout the world, including in the Himalayas. It has small rough leaves and is used for furniture making.

Pine - A pine tree grows in hilly areas and is native to many countries. This resinous tree secretes a thick sticky sap that has medicinal properties. Pine cones serve as a decorative item and are the woody fruit of the tree.


(B) Name some large trees commonly found in your area. Find out something about them (How old are they? Who planted them? Do birds eat their fruit?), and write two or three sentences about each of them.


Some large trees commonly found in my area are:

Neem: The tree is 10 years old and was planted by our society's gardener. The leaves have medicinal value, but they are bitter and can be eaten. The leaves are dark green, the flowers are light yellow, and there are no fruits on the plant.

The Frangipani tree in our backyard was planted by my mother when we moved into this house 14 years ago. The leaves are long, dark green, and have white flowers. My grandmother prays with the flowers every morning because they smell nice.


Dad and the Cat and the Tree - Working with the Poem

Question 1: Why was Dad sure he wouldn't fall?


Dad had climbed trees before and believed that climbing one was a child's play, so he was sure he wouldn't fall.


Question 2: Which phrase in the poem expresses Dad's self-confidence best?


The phrase "Fall?... A climber like me? Child's play, this is! Just wait and see." beautifully expresses Dad's self-confidence.


Question 3: Describe Plan A and its consequences.


Using Plan A, Dad climbed the ladder to bring down the cat, but it slipped and he landed on the flowerbed.


Question 4: Plan C was a success. What went wrong then?


Plan C was a success. Dad climbed the garden wall and jumped onto the tree without falling. The problem was that he landed directly on the cat, who sprang to the ground yelling and Dad got stuck in the tree.


Question 5: The cat was very happy to be on the ground. Pick out the phrase used to express this idea.


The cat was very happy to be on the ground, as shown in the phrase "Pleased as Punch". It kept smiling and smirking thereafter.

Question 6: Describe the Cat and Dad situation in the beginning and at the end of the poem.


The poem begins with the Cat stuck in the tree and Dad attempting to free it, but soon the situation changes. It ends with the Cat smirking mischievously on the ground while Dad is stuck in the tree in its place.


Question 7: Why and when did Dad say each of the following?

(i) Fall?

(ii) Never mind

(iii) Funny joke

(iv) Rubbish


(i) When Dad was asked to be careful and not fall, he said 'fall?' As he was overconfident about his ability to climb trees, he asked in an unbelievably questioning tone.

(ii) After Dad slipped and fell into the flower bed, he said 'never mind' because he had other plans he had to follow through on.

(iii) When dad was warned by mother for the second time to be careful not to fall again, in that moment he commented 'funny joke' because he still had a third plan to complete.

(iv) When Dad asked her to stop climbing the tree or else he could get his neck broken, then Dad rebuffed the anxious mother with the remark 'rubbish' as he was annoyed by her lack of confidence in him.

Question 8: Do you find the poem humorous? Read around lines which make you laugh.


Yes, the poem is humorous, and the ending is especially funny. When Dad said it was easy as winking for a climber like me after his second failed attempt, I laughed hard.


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