NCERT Solutions for Class 7 English Chapter 13 - The Invention of Vita Wonk

Question 1:

Mr Willy Wonka is

  1. a cook
  2. an inventor
  3. a manager

an inventor

Question 2:

Wonka-Vite makes people

  1. older
  2. younger


Question 3:

Can anyone’s age be a minus number? What does “minus 87” mean?


Yes, one’s age can be a minus number “-87”(minus 87). It means that he/she would have to wait eighty seven years before he/she can be born again.

Question 4:

Mr Wonka begins by asking himself two questions. What are they?
(i) What is ______________________________?
(ii) What lives ______________________________?


The questions are:
(i) What is the oldest living thing in the world?
(ii) What lives longer than anything else?

Question 5:

What trees does Mr Wonka mention? Which tree does he say lives the longest?


Mr Wonka mentioned—Douglas fir, oak and cedar tree. According to him, Bristlecone pine lives the longest.

Question 5:

How long does this tree live? Where can you find it?


Bristlecone pine tree can live for more than 4000 years. It is found on the slopes of Wheeler Peak in Nevada, USA.

Question 6:

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 can remember five of the oldest living things from Mr Wonka’s list. I think most of these things are purely imaginary.

Question 7:

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 all the oldest things to invent a new medicine that would make the young old. I don’t think this is the right way to invent something new.

Question 8:

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


After taking four drops of the new medicine, the volunteer begins wrinkling. His hair starts dropping off. His teeth start falling out. He suddenly becomes an old man of seventy-five. The name of the invention is Vita-Wonk.