The Invention of Vita Wonk NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Honeycomb Chapter 7
The Invention of Vita Wonk Text Book Questions and Answers
The Invention of Vita Wonk Comprehension check-I
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
iii. Mr Wonka wants to invent a new thing which will make people
Can anyone s age be a minus number? What does “minus 87” mean?
No, it is impossible for anyone’s age to be a minus number? “Minus 87” means that it will take 87 years for the person to be bom.
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?
The Invention of Vita Wonk Working with the text
i. What trees does Mr Wonka mention? Which tree does he say lives the longest?
Mr Wonka mentions the douglas fir, oak and cedar. He says that the bristlecone pines are the oldest.
ii. How long does this tree live? Where can you find it?
This tree can live upto 4,000 years ago. One can find it upon the slopes of Wheeler Peak in Nevada, USA.
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?
I remember the toe-nail clippings of an old farmer in Russia, and a flea from a 36 years old cat. Yes, some of these things like the bristlecone pine and the 51-year-old horse tail may exist, but most of them are purely imaginary.
Why does Mr Wonka collect items from the oldest things? Do you think this is the right way to begin his invention?
Mr Wonka collected items from the oldest things to make a potion that would make you very old. Yes, it is a fine and creative way to begin an invention.
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 began wrinkling and shrivelling up all over and his hair started dropping off and his teeth started falling out and, he suddenly became an old fellow of seventy-five. The name of this invention is Vita-Wonk.
The Invention of Vita Wonk Working with language
What do you call these insects in your language?
(Encourage the students to answer this question individually.)
- Cockroach: tilchatta
- Housefly: makhi
- Mosquito: machchar
- Dragon fly: vyaadh-patang
- Grasshopper: tidha
- Ant: cheenti
Some insects common in my area include beetles, honeybees, spiders and wasps.
Fill in the blanks in the recipe given below with words from the box.
- 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.
A ‘family tree’ is a diagram that shows the relationship between the different members of a family. Fill in the family tree below with names, ages, and other details you think are relevant (you may even stick photographs, if you have them). Put your family trees up in the class.
(Encourage the students to fill the family tree in their notebooks individually.)
The Invention of Vita Wonk Speaking
Given below are a few emphatic utterances. Say them to your partner. Let your partner repeat your utterance without the emphasis. Your partner may also add something to show she/he disagrees with you. (Encourage the students to practice the given dialogues in pairs.) Solved
You: I did go there.
Partner: You went there? Then why didn’t I see you there?
You: I do play games.
Partner: I know you play games. That’s all you do.
You: He does read his books.
Partner: Does he? I doubt it. He had not heard about the famous dramatist,William Shakespeare.
You: You do say the most unbelievable things!
Partner: I know. My mother says the same thing.
You: The Earth does spin around.
Partner: Oh yes, I knew that.
You: We all do want you to come with us.
Partner: I would love to, but I have so much home work.
You: Who does know how to cook?
Partner: I know how to cook.
You: I do believe that man is a thief.
Partner: Really? You should not jump to conclusions to fast.
The Invention of Vita Wonk Writing
i. 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.
These are the trees that Mr Wonka mentions in his conversation with Charlie:
- Douglas fir
- Bristlecone pine
The Doglas fir grows in the coastal regions, from west-central British Columbia southward to central California. In Oregon and Washington, it extends from the eastern edge of the Cascades west to the Pacific Coast Ranges and Pacific Ocean. It is often used as a Christmas tree. They have brightly-coloured cones, and grow very tall.
The oak grows in the most southern zone in the United States. These trees are native to Americas, Asia, Europe, and North Africa. They mostly grow in the wild, and can survive in all types of areas and climates, such as, temperate climates, Mediterranean and tropical areas.
You will find the cedar in different parts of the world. The red cedar tree grows in the eastern North America, from Maine, west to southern Ontario and South Dakota, south to northernmost Florida and southwest into the post oak savannah of east-central Texas.
They are large, evergreen trees and mostly reach a height of up to fifty feet, but others can reach one hundred or more feet in height. It is common to find them in forest areas that get a lot of annual rainfall. They prefer moist soil with limestone beneath it.
The Bristlecone pine is found in Utah, Nevada and eastern California in the United States. They are considered to be the oldest trees in the world. The oldest living bristlecone pine tree is named “Methuselah” and is 4,765 years old. This tree is almost 1,000 years older than any other living bristlecone today. It lives in a secret location in the White Mountain range of eastern California.
ii. 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 one of them.
Some of the trees commonly found in my locality are the neem, peepul and gulmohar tree. You can recognize the gulmohar tree very easily through a sheet of orange-red coloured flowers. Its flowers can be seen between April and June. It can be found in both dry as well as tropical conditions. The tree spreads and offers a dense shade. The flowers of this tree are large and orange-red in colour.
The peepal tree is a semi-evergreen tree. Its one rare quality is that it releases oxygen both in the day and the night. Its leaves are heart-shaped and have an extended drip tip.
The neem is a very popular tree, and grows in both tropical and sub-tropical regions. Neem has countless medicinal properties. It can be used to control insects and viruses. Neem is considered to be healthy for our skin.
Find out something interesting about age, or growing old, and write a paragraph about it. Following are a few topics, suggested as examples. (Encourage the students to come up with individual answers.)
More than 50% of India’s population comprises of persons below the age of 25 and more than 65% comprise of persons below the age of 35. In 2020, the average age of an Indian is expected to be 29 years. By 2030, India’s dependency ratio is expected to be just over 0.4.
The implication of such a demographic will lead to an increase in the working age group in its first phase. This means the economy is likely to boom at this point. This is also known as the demographic dividend stage. It often does not last very long in a country. After a while, this young population will grow old, and we can expect the proportion of the elderly to increase at this point. The economy may grow somewhat slowly at this stage.
- One can determine the age of a tree by counting the annual rings in a tree when it is chopped.
- The age of a horse is determined by the number of teeth.
- The age of rocks can be determined by the process of carbon dating which is a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by using the properties of radiocarbon.
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