NCERT Solution for Class 7 English Honeycomb Book Chapter 7 The Invention of Vita-Wonk Summary, Explanation, Question Answer
The Invention of Vita-Wonk – NCERT Class 7 English Honeycomb book Lesson 7 -Detailed explanation of the lesson along with the meanings of difficult words. Also, the explanation is followed by a Summary of the lesson. All the exercises and Questions and Answers given at the back of the lesson have been covered. Take Free Online MCQs Test for Class 7 Click Here
Class 7 English (Honeycomb book) Chapter 7 – The Invention of Vita-Wonk
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The Invention of Vita-Wonk Introduction
An inventor whose name was Willy Wonka, invented Wonka-Vite, which made people younger. However, it turned out to be a failure because it made Oompa-Loompa, who was volunteering for the testing of the product, so young that his age went into minus, meaning that he had to wait to be reborn. Hence, it was concluded that the product was too strong. Willy Wonka had to invent something else. After racking his brain, he came up with a new invention.
The Invention of Vita-Wonk Class 7 Video Explanation
The Invention of Vita-Wonk Summary
The story begins with Mr. Wonka trying to explain to Charlie how he had invented Vita-Wonk. He told him that he had rolled up his sleeves and had set to work. He knew then that he had to create something new. He squeezed his brain so that he could think of a new recipe. He said that he wanted to make people old by creating age. He said that he wanted to make people oldest and for that he had to look for something which could be as old as he wanted people to become by his new product. After coming to that point, he cried in happiness as ideas were beginning to flood his mind. That meant he had to search for something on this earth which was the oldest being alive. Then, he told Charlie that he had asked himself what was the oldest living thing in the world and what lived longer than anything else. Charlie answered that a tree was such a thing. After telling Charlie he was right, he began discussing the various kinds of trees. He told Charlie that neither a Douglas fir nor an oak one and nor a cedar tree was the correct kind of tree. The required kind was the Bristlecone Pine tree, that grew on the slopes of Wheeler Peak in Nevada, U.S.A. He said that one could find that these trees were over four thousand years old and that this was a fact. He added that the boy could even ask a dendrochronologist if he didn’t believe him. He then jumped into the Great Glass Elevator and started off on a journey to collect all the old items of the world. He told Charlie that he had taken a part of each old item like a hair or an eyebrow or sometimes it was no more than an ounce or two of the jam scraped from between its toes while it was sleeping. He began telling him how amazing and dangerous these things were.
But then he said that it wasn’t time to tell that. He said that after a lot of boiling and bubbling and mixing and testing in his Inventing Room, he was able to produce one tiny cupful of oily black liquid. Out of that, he gave four drops to a twenty-year-old Oompa Loompa. Charlie asked Mr. Wonka what had happened. Mr. Wonka said that the result was fantastic. The moment the Oompa Loompa swallowed it, he began wrinkling and shrivelling up all over and his hair started dropping off and his teeth started falling out. Soon, he had become an old Oompa Loompa of seventy five. This, Mr. Wonka concluded, was how the Vita-Wonk was invented.
The Invention of Vita-Wonk Explanation
Mr Wonka said, “So once again I rolled up my sleeves and set to work. Once again I squeezed my brain, searching for the new recipe… I had to create age… to make people old… old, older, oldest… ‘Ha-ha!’ I cried, for now the ideas were beginning to come. ‘What is the oldest living thing in the world? What lives longer than anything else?’ ”
set to work: began to work
squeezed: press firmly
recipe: instructions for making something
Mr. Wonka starts his story by telling that he rolled up his sleeves and set to work. Once again, he squeezed his brain. He had tried his best to think of a brand-new recipe. He first thought of what he wanted to invent. He wanted to invent something which would create age. That meant he had to make people old. He cried out in joy as he had started getting ideas for the new recipe. He then thought of two questions whose answers would help him in his invention. The two questions were: what was the oldest living thing in the world and what lived longer than anything else
“A tree,” Charlie said.
“Right you are, Charlie! But what kind of a tree? Not the Douglas fir. Not the oak. Not the cedar. No, no, my boy. It is a tree called the Bristlecone pine that grows upon the slopes of Wheeler Peak in Nevada, U.S.A. You can find Bristlecone Pines on Wheeler Peak today that are over 4000 years old! This is fact, Charlie. Ask any dendrochronologist you like (and look that word up in the dictionary when you get home, will you please?). So that started me off. I jumped into the Great Glass Elevator and rushed all over the world collecting special items from the oldest living things…
fir: a tree with needlelike leaves, and cones
oak: a family of large trees with a hard wood. The Chinar in Kashmir is a kind of oak tree. cedar: an evergreen tree with hard, red sweet-smelling wood, used for making boxes, pencils, fences, etc.
pine: an evergreen tree with needleshaped leaves, and cones
dendrochronologist: a person who studies the scientific method of dating tree rings to the exact year they were formed.
Charlie said that a tree was the oldest living thing in the world and it could live longer than anything else.
Mr. Wonka told Charlie that he was right. Then, he asked him what kind of tree was required. He said that the correct type of tree wasn’t the Douglas fir or the oak or the cedar. He said that a pine tree, a Bristlecone Pine tree, was the correct one. The specific tree was the Bristlecone Pine that grew on Wheelar Peak. These trees were over 4000 years old. Mr. Wonka added that it was a fact and that Charlie could ask any dendrochronologist in case he didn’t believe him. Moreover, he asked Charlie to look up the meaning of the word ‘dendrochronologist’. Then, he said that after gathering all the information, he jumped into the Great Glass Elevator and rushed all over the world, collecting the oldest living things.
- A PINT OF SAP FROM A 4000-YEAR-OLD BRISTLECONE PINE
- THE TOE-NAIL CLIPPINGS FROM A 168-YEAR-OLD RUSSIAN FARMER CALLED PETROVITCH REGOROVITCH
- AN EGG LAID BY A 200-YEAR-OLD TORTOISE BELONGING TO THE KING OF TONGA l THE TAIL OF A 51-YEAR-OLD HORSE IN ARABIA
- THE WHISKERS OF A 36-YEAR-OLD CAT CALLED CRUMPETS
- AN OLD FLEA WHICH HAD LIVED ON CRUMPETS FOR 36 YEARS
- THE TAIL OF A 207-YEAR-OLD GIANT RAT FROM TIBET
- THE BLACK TEETH OF A 97-YEAR-OLD GRIMALKIN LIVING IN A CAVE ON MOUNT POPOCATEPETL
- THE KNUCKLEBONES OF A 700-YEAR-OLD CATTALOO FROM PERU…”
flea: a small insect living on the skin of animals, for their blood
This was the list of items that contained all the things he had to collect in order to create Vita-Wonk. There were a total of eight items that were scattered all around the world.
“All over the world, Charlie,” Mr Wonka went on “I tracked down very old and ancient animals and took an important little bit of something from each one of them — a hair or an eyebrow or sometimes it was no more than an ounce or two of the jam scraped from between its toes while it was sleeping. I tracked down THE WHISTLE-PIG, THE BOBOLINK, THE SKROCK, THE POLLYFROG, THE GIANT CURLICUE, THE STINGING SLUG AND THE VENOMOUS SQUERKLE who can spit poison right into your eye from fifty yards away. But there’s no time to tell you about them all now, Charlie. Let me just say quickly that in the end, after lots of boiling and bubbling and mixing and testing in my Inventing Room, I produced one tiny cupful of oily black liquid and gave four drops of it to a brave twenty-year-old Oompa-Loompa volunteer to see what happened.”
tracked down: found, by searching for it
ounce: a unit of measurement
yards: a unit of measurement
bubbling: making bubbles
volunteer: someone who agrees to take part in something. The person is usually someone who is watching from the sidelines and is a part of the crowd.
Mr Wonka continued his story. He told Charlie that he had tracked down very old and ancient living beings which were located in different parts of the world. He had taken a little bit of something from each of them which was important for the making of his new product. That ‘little bit of something’ was either a hair, or a part of an eyebrow, or even an ounce or two of the jam between the toes of the living being which was taken while it was sleeping. He had succeeded in getting the whistle-pig, the bobolink, the skrock, the pollyfrog, the giant curlicue, the stinging slug and the venomous squerkle. The venomous squerkle, Mr. Wonka added, could spit poison right into a person’s eye from fifty yards away. However, he said that he didn’t have time to tell him about this. He concluded, saying that after lots of boiling and bubbling and mixing and testing in his Inventing Room, he had been able to produce only one tiny cupful of Vita-Wonk, which was an oily black liquid. He gave only four drops of the liquid to twenty-year-old Oompa-Loompa volunteer, whom he considered to be very brave because anything could have happened to the Oompa-Loompa. The worst possibility was that he could die, but even then he volunteered which was a bold and brave move for him. Then, he waited to see the results.
“What did happen?” Charlie asked.
“It was fantastic!” cried Mr Wonka. “The moment he swallowed it, he began wrinkling and shrivelling up all over and his hair started dropping off and his teeth started falling out and, before I knew it, he had suddenly become an old fellow of seventy-five! And thus, my dear Charlie, was Vita-Wonk invented!”
fantastic: awesome, amazing
wrinkling: making or causing lines or folds in (something, especially fabric or the skin).
shriveling: wrinkling and contracting or causing wrinkles and contract, especially due to loss of moisture.
Charlie was so excited to know what the results were that he asked Mr. Wonka what had happened so that Mr. Wonka wouldn’t keep him in suspense.
Mr. Wonka cried in the excitement that what had happened was fantastic. He told Charlie that the moment the Oompa-Loompa swallowed the oily black liquid, he started getting wrinkles on his face and he started getting contracted like an old man. His hair started dropping off and his teeth fell out. Soon, he became an old fellow of seventy-five, meaning that his age had gone from twenty to seventy-five. Hence, the result was positive and successful. That’s how Vita-Wonk was invented.
The Invention of Vita-Wonk Question Answers
Q1. 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.
Ans. (i) (b) an inventor
(ii) (b) younger
(iii) (b) older
Q2. Can anyone’s age be a minus number? What does “minus 87” mean?
Ans. No, age cannot be a minus number. ‘The Invention of Vita-Wonk’ is a fictional story, meaning that things which do not exist in real life can exist in the story. Hence, even though age cannot be in minus, in this story such age exists.
“Minus 87” is represented as -87. It means that a person has to wait for 87 years to be born.
Q3. Mr Wonka begins by asking himself two questions. What are they?
(i) What is ________________________ ?
(ii) What lives ________________________ ?
Ans. (i) What is the oldest living thing in the world?
(ii) What lives longer than anything else?
Working with the Text
Q1. (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?
Ans. (i) Mr. Wonka mentioned Douglas fir, cedar, oak and Bristlecone pine. He said that among all these types of trees, Brisltecone pine trees lived the longest.
(ii) Brisltecone pine trees are over 4000 years old. They could be found upon the slopes of Wheeler Peak in Nevada, USA.
Q2. 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?
Ans. There were a total of eight oldest living things. They were as follows :
- A Pint Of Sap From A 4000-year-old Bristlecone Pine
- The Toe-nail Clippings From A 168-year-old Russian Farmer Called Petrovitch Regorovitch
- An Egg Laid By A 200-year-old Tortoise Belonging To The King Of Tonga L The Tail Of A 51-year-old Horse In Arabia
- The Whiskers Of A 36-year-old Cat Called Crumpets
- An Old Flea Which Had Lived On Crumpets For 36 Years
- The Tail Of A 207-year-old Giant Rat From Tibet
- The Black Teeth Of A 97-year-old Grimalkin Living In A Cave On Mount Popocatepetl
- The Knucklebones Of A 700-year-old Cattaloo From Peru
No, not all things from the list can be found in real life. Some of them are purely imaginary as this is a fictional story.
Q3. Why does Mr Wonka collect items from the oldest things? Do you think this is the right way to begin his invention?
Ans. Mr. Wonka collected items from the oldest things because they wanted to make something which could create age or make people older.
Yes, I think that was the right way to begin such an invention. When all the oldest living things will get combined, it will give us something which could definitely make us older.
Q4. What happens to the volunteer who swallows four drops of the new invention? What is the name of the invention?
Ans. When the volunteer, who is a twenty-year-old Oompa-Loompa, swallowed four drops of the oily black liquid, he began to transform into an old person. He started getting wrinkles and contractions which made him appear old. Moreover, his hair started dropping and teeth were falling out. Soon, he had changed from a young and brave twenty-year-old to an old fellow of seventy-five.
Working with Language
Q. Fill in the blanks in the recipe given below with words from the box.
• 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.
Ans. • 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 pressure cooker . Let the cooker whistle three times, then switch it off. Fry a few cumin seeds in oil and add to the palak–dal.