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It was the entire of the 5 books (the Torah), including the remaining 3 chapters "And it was, when Moses finished writing the words of this Torah in a scroll, until their very completion" then it was placed inside the ark (though some say next to).
My Simanim Tikkun does have seven aliyot marked in V'zot Habracha (the sixth starting at "Meona", and the seventh at "Vaya'al Moshe"), but perhaps this is because it is the Israeli version of the tikkun. All other tikkunim I've seen (in Israel) have seven aliyot as well. The custom I've seen, when Simchat Torah falls on shabbat, is to indeed add an extra ...
Strictly speaking the Torah should be read only in the daytime. But since the scrolls have already been removed from the Ark for the processions, some argue that there ought to be a reading so that the Torahs have not been taken out in vain. The Rema says in his glosses to the Shulchan Aruch, “Each place follows its own custom”. Where the reading does take ...
Rashi is informative. I'll copy paste it here from http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/9997 He said: The Lord came from Sinai: Moses initiated his blessing by praising the Omnipresent, and then he addressed the needs of Israel. — [Sifrei 33:2] The praise with which Moses commenced, mentions the merit of Israel. All this was a way of conciliation, ...
Besides the reasons given in the other answers, the division into aliyos is for purposes of dividing up the study of the chumash (e.g. sh'nayim mika v'echad targum or Chok L'yisrael) into days of the week. I'm not sure how this plays out for "V'zos Hab'racha" specifically (since the "week" is more than seven days), though.
Simchat Torah does fall on Shabbat in Eretz Yisrael from time to time. ArtScroll does indeed point out 7 aliyot, saying the 6th is added on Shabbat and starts at "Meonah" and the 7th, added on Shabbat, starts at "Vaya'al Moshe". Sephardim make 5 aliyot + Chatan Meonah (which ends just before Vaya'al Moshe) + Chatan Torah (which starts over from the beginning ...
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