IELTS 2017 Speaking Questions # History

History! Well, the one subject most of the kids have been frightened off! The dates and the baffling names of the kings! Who can, after all, remember all of that.  This time we are looking at the recently asked questions in the IELTS speaking test on history.

  • Which historical person do you admire?

History has never been able to make me stick to it. But, the one person who made an impact on me was Mahatma Gandhi. It was a few years back when I read his autobiography, I came to know the person more than his name. The fact that I really liked about him was that he stuck with his principles in thick and thin. Surely he was not born the Mahatma that people know him, but he definitely changed himself and learned things like no one else. It amazes me even today how his truth and non-violence proved to be the best asset that helped India and South Africa gained independence.

  • Are you interested in knowing about the history?

Not particularly history but yes I have a keen desire to know about the culture of our country. In my opinion, with the globalization happening all across the world, the existing cultures are fading away. Religions are losing their importance and we are shifting towards a culture where people don’t have any grounds to live. Before that happens, I want to know about the culture of India, its history what made India what it is today.

  • Have you ever seen a historical movie?
Yes, there have been quite a few historical movies that I have seen. The one that I would like to talk about his Lagaan. The movie takes us to the time when Britishers ruled our country and we had to pay huge taxes. It is the story of a village where the villagers challenge the Britishers for a cricket match. If the Indians win, they get to be free from the heavy levied taxes, else they had to pay double the amount. It showed in a very beautiful way the ongoing mental hustle in the country and how Indians lived their lives back then. Obviously, in the end, Indians win the match and are freed of the Lagaan or the taxes.
  • Have you even been to a historical place?
India is home to a lot of historical places. I had an opportunity to visit the Mysore Palace while I was working for an IT firm.  The palace was the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty who ruled the Kingdom of Mysore. It is also known as Amba Vilas Palace and is known for its spacious halls and the beautiful gardens that it has. The palace was once burnt during the princess’ wedding and it was rebuilt. One should surely visit the palace to get a feel of the affluence in which the king lived.