NCERT Solutions for Class 7th: Ch 7 The Invention of Vita-Wonk Honeycomb

Roald Dahl

Page No: 101

Comprehension Check

1. Choose the right answer.
(i) Mr Willy Wonka is (a) a cook, (b) an inventor, (c) a manager.

► (b) an inventor

(ii) Wonka-Vite makes people (a) older, (b) younger.
► (b) younger

(iii) Mr Wonka wants to invent a new thing which will make people (a) younger, (b) older.
► (b) older

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


No, no one's age can be a minus number. Here, "minus 87" means that a person has got to wait eighty-seven years before he can come back.

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

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

(ii) What lives ____________________________________________?
► longer than anything else?

Page No: 102

Working with Text

1. (i) What trees does Mr Wonka mention? Which tree does he say lives the longest?
(ii) How long does this tree live? Where can you find it?


(i) Mr Wonka mentioned so many kinds of trees –Oak, Douglas fir, cedar and bristlecone pine tree. He said that bristlecone pine tree lives the longest.

(ii) This tree lives for over 4ooo years. We can find this tree on Wheeler peak in Nevada, USA.

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?


Some of the oldest things from Mr Wonka's list are:
(a) A 4000-year-old Bristlecone pine
(b) A 168-year old Russian Farmer
(c) An egg laid by 200-year-old tortoise
(d) The tail of a 51-year-old Horse in Arabia
(e) The tail of a 207-year-old giant Rat from Tibet.
(f) The whiskers of a 36-year-old cat called Crumpets.
Although, with some exception I think most of things in the list are purely imaginary.

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


Mr Wonka collected items from the oldest things because he wanted to invent a something that would make people older. No, this is not the right way to invent new things.

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


The volunteer who swallowed four drops of the new invention he began wrinkling and shrivelling up all over and his hair started dropping off and his teeth started falling out and he had suddenly become an old fellow of seventy-five. The name of the invention was Vita-wonk.

Page No: 103

Working with language

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

shred   cooker   times   tomatoes   half   onion   oil   

Easy Palak-Dal


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

Wash 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-dal.


Easy Palak-Dal


• 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

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

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