The Invention of Vita-Wonk – NCERT Solutions

Q. Choose the right answer.

  1. Mr. Willy Wonka is
    1. a cook
    2. an inventor
    3. a manager
  2. Wonka-Vite makes people
    1. older
    2. younger.
  3. Mr. Wonka wants to invent a new thing which will make people
    1. younger
    2. older


  1. an inventor
  2. younger
  3. older

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

Ans. No, I don’t think so. Minus 87 means that the man became 87 years back to his age (birth).

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

  1. What is?
  2. What lives ?

Ans. Mr. Wonka begins by asking himself the following two questions:

  1. What is the oldest living thing in the world?
  2. What lives longer than anything else?

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

Ans. Mr. Wonka mentions so many kinds of trees–oak, deodar and fir. However, the Bristlecone pine lives the longest.

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

Ans. This tree lives for 4000 years. We can find it on Wheeler Peak in Nevada, USA.

Q. 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. Mr. Wonka refers to purely imaginary old things collected from a Russian farmer, a tortoise, a horse, a flea and a rat.

Q. 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 collects items from very old things because he thinks that a drug prepared from them will make the user old. But it is a foolish dream exactly, not the right way to begin an invention.

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

Ans. The person who drinks just four drops of Wonka’s new drug suddenly grows very old. His hair and his teeth start falling. His skin starts drying up and wrinkling. A twenty year old person looks seventy five.

Q. Fill in the blanks in the recipe given below with words from the box.

shred, cooker, times, tomatoes, half, onion, oil



  1. One __________________
  2. One cup dal
  3. Two thin green chillies
  4. __________________ a teaspoon red chilli powder
  5. Eight small bunches of palak
  6. Two __________________
  7. 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.



  1. One onion
  2. One cup dal
  3. Two thin green chillies
  4. Half a teaspoon red chilli powder
  5. Eight small bunches of palak
  6. Two tomatoes
  7. Salt to taste

Wash and cut the vegetables, shred the palk. 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.

Q. 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.

You: I did study
Partner: You studied? I don’t believe you. Look at your marks!
You: I did go there.
Partner: You went there? Then…
You: I do play games.
Partner: (1) _____________________
You: He does read his books.
Partner: (2) _____________________
You: You do say the most unbelievable things!
Partner: (3) _____________________
You: The earth does spin around.
Partner: (4) _____________________
You: We all do want you to come with us.
Partner: (5) _____________________
You: Who does know how to cook?
Partner: (6) _____________________
You: I do believe that man is a thief.
Partner: (7) _____________________


  1. Really, I don’t believe you. You don’t have any proof.
  2. He read? I don’t belieave you. Look at his marks.
  3. Do you say I tell lies?
  4. Surprising! I don’t feel it spinning around.
  5. Then why didn’t you invite me to come?
  6. I am afraid I don’t know how to cook.
  7. But there is no evidence against him.

Q. 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.

Ans. Mr. Wonka mentions four kinds of trees—cedar, Bristlecone pine, Douglas fir and oak. The cedar is found in India, Nepal and other Asian countries. Bristlecone pine is found in rocky mountains, Douglas fir grows chiefly in North America.

Q. 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.

Ans. Neem, peepal, banyan, jack fruit trees are found in my area. Some trees are several hundred years old. Peepal, banyan and neem trees grow by themselves. Nobody plants them. Birds do not eat the fruits of neem or banyan.

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