NCERT Textbook: Chapter 7 - The Invention of Vita Wonk, English, Class 7 Class 7 Notes | EduRev

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Class 7 : NCERT Textbook: Chapter 7 - The Invention of Vita Wonk, English, Class 7 Class 7 Notes | EduRev

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Before you read
Who are the oldest people you know? What are the oldest
things you have (i) in your house, (ii) in your city, town or
village? How old are they?
Have you ever wished that you were older? Have
you wished that you could grow up in a hurry?
The Invention of
Vita-Wonk
Mr Willy Wonka begins by inventing Wonka-
Vite, which makes people younger. But Wonka-
Vite is too strong.  So some people disappear,
because their age becomes Minus! One person
actually becomes minus eighty-seven, which
means he’s got to wait eighty-seven years
before he can come back.
Mr Willy Wonka must invent a new thing...
I
r 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?’”
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set to work:
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recipe:
instructions
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Before you read
Who are the oldest people you know? What are the oldest
things you have (i) in your house, (ii) in your city, town or
village? How old are they?
Have you ever wished that you were older? Have
you wished that you could grow up in a hurry?
The Invention of
Vita-Wonk
Mr Willy Wonka begins by inventing Wonka-
Vite, which makes people younger. But Wonka-
Vite is too strong.  So some people disappear,
because their age becomes Minus! One person
actually becomes minus eighty-seven, which
means he’s got to wait eighty-seven years
before he can come back.
Mr Willy Wonka must invent a new thing...
I
r 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?’”
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“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...
l A PINT OF SAP FROM A 4000-YEAR-OLD
BRISTLECONE PINE
l THE TOE-NAIL CLIPPINGS FROM A 168-YEAR-OLD
RUSSIAN FARMER CALLED PETROVITCH
GREGOROVITCH
l 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
l THE WHISKERS OF A 36-YEAR-OLD CAT CALLED
CRUMPETS
l AN OLD FLEA WHICH HAD LIVED ON CRUMPETS
FOR 36 YEARS
l THE TAIL OF A 207-YEAR-OLD GIANT RAT FROM
TIBET
l THE BLACK TEETH OF A 97-YEAR-OLD
GRIMALKIN LIVING IN A CAVE ON MOUNT
POPOCATEPETL
l THE KNUCKLEBONES OF A 700-YEAR-OLD
CATTALOO FROM PERU...”
fir: a tree
with needle-
like 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
needle-
shaped
leaves, and
cones
flea: a small
insect living
on the skin
of animals,
for their blood
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set to work:
began to
work
recipe:
instructions
for making
something
—————–
—————–
Before you read
Who are the oldest people you know? What are the oldest
things you have (i) in your house, (ii) in your city, town or
village? How old are they?
Have you ever wished that you were older? Have
you wished that you could grow up in a hurry?
The Invention of
Vita-Wonk
Mr Willy Wonka begins by inventing Wonka-
Vite, which makes people younger. But Wonka-
Vite is too strong.  So some people disappear,
because their age becomes Minus! One person
actually becomes minus eighty-seven, which
means he’s got to wait eighty-seven years
before he can come back.
Mr Willy Wonka must invent a new thing...
I
r 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?’”
M
2020-21
100/HONEYCOMB
“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...
l A PINT OF SAP FROM A 4000-YEAR-OLD
BRISTLECONE PINE
l THE TOE-NAIL CLIPPINGS FROM A 168-YEAR-OLD
RUSSIAN FARMER CALLED PETROVITCH
GREGOROVITCH
l 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
l THE WHISKERS OF A 36-YEAR-OLD CAT CALLED
CRUMPETS
l AN OLD FLEA WHICH HAD LIVED ON CRUMPETS
FOR 36 YEARS
l THE TAIL OF A 207-YEAR-OLD GIANT RAT FROM
TIBET
l THE BLACK TEETH OF A 97-YEAR-OLD
GRIMALKIN LIVING IN A CAVE ON MOUNT
POPOCATEPETL
l THE KNUCKLEBONES OF A 700-YEAR-OLD
CATTALOO FROM PERU...”
fir: a tree
with needle-
like 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
needle-
shaped
leaves, and
cones
flea: a small
insect living
on the skin
of animals,
for their blood
2020-21
THE INVENTION OF VITA-WONK/101
Comprehension Check
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.
2. Can anyone’s age be a minus number? What does
“minus 87” mean?
3. Mr Wonka begins by asking himself two questions.
What are they?
(i) What is ?
(ii) What lives ?
II
“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
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tracked
down: found,
by searching
for it
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set to work:
began to
work
recipe:
instructions
for making
something
—————–
—————–
Before you read
Who are the oldest people you know? What are the oldest
things you have (i) in your house, (ii) in your city, town or
village? How old are they?
Have you ever wished that you were older? Have
you wished that you could grow up in a hurry?
The Invention of
Vita-Wonk
Mr Willy Wonka begins by inventing Wonka-
Vite, which makes people younger. But Wonka-
Vite is too strong.  So some people disappear,
because their age becomes Minus! One person
actually becomes minus eighty-seven, which
means he’s got to wait eighty-seven years
before he can come back.
Mr Willy Wonka must invent a new thing...
I
r 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?’”
M
2020-21
100/HONEYCOMB
“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...
l A PINT OF SAP FROM A 4000-YEAR-OLD
BRISTLECONE PINE
l THE TOE-NAIL CLIPPINGS FROM A 168-YEAR-OLD
RUSSIAN FARMER CALLED PETROVITCH
GREGOROVITCH
l 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
l THE WHISKERS OF A 36-YEAR-OLD CAT CALLED
CRUMPETS
l AN OLD FLEA WHICH HAD LIVED ON CRUMPETS
FOR 36 YEARS
l THE TAIL OF A 207-YEAR-OLD GIANT RAT FROM
TIBET
l THE BLACK TEETH OF A 97-YEAR-OLD
GRIMALKIN LIVING IN A CAVE ON MOUNT
POPOCATEPETL
l THE KNUCKLEBONES OF A 700-YEAR-OLD
CATTALOO FROM PERU...”
fir: a tree
with needle-
like 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
needle-
shaped
leaves, and
cones
flea: a small
insect living
on the skin
of animals,
for their blood
2020-21
THE INVENTION OF VITA-WONK/101
Comprehension Check
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.
2. Can anyone’s age be a minus number? What does
“minus 87” mean?
3. Mr Wonka begins by asking himself two questions.
What are they?
(i) What is ?
(ii) What lives ?
II
“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
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
tracked
down: found,
by searching
for it
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
2020-21
102/HONEYCOMB
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.”
“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!”
ROALD DAHL
[from Charlie and the Great
Glass Elevator]
Working with the 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?
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?
3. Why does Mr Wonka collect items trom the oldest things?
Do you think this is the right way to begin his invention?
4. What happens to the volunteer who swallows four
drops of the new invention? What is the name of the
invention?
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________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
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set to work:
began to
work
recipe:
instructions
for making
something
—————–
—————–
Before you read
Who are the oldest people you know? What are the oldest
things you have (i) in your house, (ii) in your city, town or
village? How old are they?
Have you ever wished that you were older? Have
you wished that you could grow up in a hurry?
The Invention of
Vita-Wonk
Mr Willy Wonka begins by inventing Wonka-
Vite, which makes people younger. But Wonka-
Vite is too strong.  So some people disappear,
because their age becomes Minus! One person
actually becomes minus eighty-seven, which
means he’s got to wait eighty-seven years
before he can come back.
Mr Willy Wonka must invent a new thing...
I
r 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?’”
M
2020-21
100/HONEYCOMB
“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...
l A PINT OF SAP FROM A 4000-YEAR-OLD
BRISTLECONE PINE
l THE TOE-NAIL CLIPPINGS FROM A 168-YEAR-OLD
RUSSIAN FARMER CALLED PETROVITCH
GREGOROVITCH
l 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
l THE WHISKERS OF A 36-YEAR-OLD CAT CALLED
CRUMPETS
l AN OLD FLEA WHICH HAD LIVED ON CRUMPETS
FOR 36 YEARS
l THE TAIL OF A 207-YEAR-OLD GIANT RAT FROM
TIBET
l THE BLACK TEETH OF A 97-YEAR-OLD
GRIMALKIN LIVING IN A CAVE ON MOUNT
POPOCATEPETL
l THE KNUCKLEBONES OF A 700-YEAR-OLD
CATTALOO FROM PERU...”
fir: a tree
with needle-
like 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
needle-
shaped
leaves, and
cones
flea: a small
insect living
on the skin
of animals,
for their blood
2020-21
THE INVENTION OF VITA-WONK/101
Comprehension Check
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.
2. Can anyone’s age be a minus number? What does
“minus 87” mean?
3. Mr Wonka begins by asking himself two questions.
What are they?
(i) What is ?
(ii) What lives ?
II
“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
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
tracked
down: found,
by searching
for it
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
2020-21
102/HONEYCOMB
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.”
“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!”
ROALD DAHL
[from Charlie and the Great
Glass Elevator]
Working with the 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?
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?
3. Why does Mr Wonka collect items trom the oldest things?
Do you think this is the right way to begin his invention?
4. What happens to the volunteer who swallows four
drops of the new invention? What is the name of the
invention?
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
________________
2020-21
THE INVENTION OF VITA-WONK/103
Working with Language
1. What do you call these insects in your language?
cockroach mosquito grasshopper
housefly dragon fly ant
How do these insects effect your health? Have a discussion
in the class.
2. Fill in the blanks in the recipe given below with words
from the box.
shred cooker times tomatoes half onion oil
Easy Palak–Dal
INGREDIENTS
• 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.
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