NCERT Class 7 English Solutions: The Invention of Vita-Wonk & Dad and the Cat and the Tree Chapter 7– Part 1

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Comprehension Check

Question 1:

Choose the right answer.

(i) Mr. Willy Wonka is (a) a cook, (b) an inventor, (c) a manager.

Answer:

Mr. Willy Wonka is an inventor

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

Answer:

Wonka-Vite makes people Younger

Answer:

Wonka-Vite makes people Younger

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

Answer:

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?

Answer:

No, nobody’s age can be a minus number. Here, “Minus 87” signifies that the person had to wait a long duration of eighty seven years before he could make a comeback. He took a strong dose of Wonka- Vita and had therefore, disappeared.

Question 3:

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

(i) What is____________?

Answer: What is the oldest living thing in the world?

(ii) What lives___________?

Answer: What lives Longer than anything else?

Working with the Text

Question 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?

Answer:

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?

Question 3:

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

Question 4:

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

Answer:

Oompa-Loompa was the brave twenty-year-old volunteer who swallowed four drops of the new invention; as soon as he swallowed it he began wrinkling and shriveling up all over. His hair started dropping off and his teeth started falling out. Before Mr. Wonka knew it, the volunteer had suddenly become an old man of seventy-five. The name of the invention was Vita-Wonk.

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