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A historical period you want to know more about - Cue Card # 667
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a historical period/time you want to know more about.
You should say:
- which period it is
- how you know about this period of history
- what its importance is in history
and explain what you want to know more about this period/time.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
Model Answer 1:
History has always fascinated me. In fact, it is the honest and objective studies of history that teach us to understand how our world was in the past, how it is now, and how our world will look in the future in the greater scheme of things. But, does that mean that we don’t get to become a little biased toward a certain part of history because of how it has changed our entire world for good? No, it sure doesn’t.
In fact, the world will probably never witness such a period of time that started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire on 28th June 1914 and ended with the creation of a world body of an intergovernmental organization called “The UN” on October 24, 1945. There is no doubt that this particular period of time is of paramount importance in human history since it was after this turbulent period of time, full of wars and destruction, a “shadow” force, in my opinion, started to “manage” the affairs of the world from “behind the scene” by completely changing the world upside down.
Anyway, history is a “tricky” subject, and learning it in “bits and pieces” here and there, without developing a comprehensive understanding of the whole picture, may prove to be “counter-productive”. True that the world would never be the same after World War II, but I have always wanted to know if the two world wars were the works of some “perfect planning so that a “new world order” would eventually come into force.
I have also always wondered why the Europeans, after watching the devastating effects of World War I, couldn’t manage to prevent the 2nd world War! Also, what possibly might have caused Germany to attack Russia after signing a non-aggression pact with Russia just shortly before the start of the 2nd world War? I have many more questions as to what really transpired during this particular period of time, but, perhaps I will never find the answers as it may lead to some really “uncomfortable and inconvenient truths”.
Model Answer 2:
The historical period that has always piqued my curiosity is the Renaissance era, a transformative period in European history known for its cultural, artistic, and intellectual advancements. I have read about this period different times, and yet, I feel like I would like to know more about it. Thank you very much for this interesting topic.
The Renaissance era, spanning roughly from the 14th to the 17th century, marks a significant period of rebirth and revival in Europe.
I first learned about the Renaissance era through history textbooks and literature, which provided a glimpse into its profound impact on art, science, literature, and philosophy.
The Renaissance era holds immense importance in history as it witnessed a resurgence of interest in classical learning and a shift towards humanism, marking the transition from the medieval period to the modern age. It was a time of innovation and exploration, characterized by groundbreaking achievements in various fields, including art, architecture, literature, and science. The era saw the emergence of iconic figures such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Galileo Galilei, whose contributions continue to shape our world today.
Despite having a basic understanding of the Renaissance era, there are many aspects of this period that I would like to delve deeper into. I am particularly interested in exploring the socio-political dynamics of the time, including the role of patrons and institutions in fostering artistic and intellectual endeavours. Additionally, I am eager to learn more about the cultural and societal changes that occurred during this period, as well as the interconnectedness of different regions and civilizations that fueled the exchange of ideas and innovations. By gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the Renaissance era, I hope to appreciate its significance in shaping the course of human history and draw inspiration from the achievements and advancements of this transformative period.