IELTS Cue Card: Describe an historical figure who you know about

Describe an historical figure who you know about

IELTS Cue Card Question 138 with Model Answer:

Describe an historical figure who you know about.

You should say:
  • who is s/he
  • what s/he did
  • when s/he lived
and say why s/he is an important historical figure.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
Malaysia has a long history and different people have been renowned for their outstanding performances to enrich the country which has turned in the history today. Tunku Abdul Rahman is the former first prime minister of Malaya after independence and a historical figure.

Tunku Abdul Rahman is the former politician, chief minister of the Federation of Malaya after its independence from the British colonial rule and also served as the president of Malaysia for seven years (his tenure lasted from 1963 to 1970). His political career began after his graduation and served numerous purposes for the country. The countrymen commonly call him Tunku and are considered as the founding father of the country Malaysia. He is also termed as Bapa Malaysia and widely praised for his contribution to the development of the country. He has experienced and participated in numerous events ranging from the colonial rule and independent and had a direct role in the movements as he was a royal family member of the country.        

Tunku has lots of contribution for the development of Malaysia and nobody has thought about the country as like him in the days when the country experienced colonial rule. The country was being exploited by the rulers from different aspects and in such a situation the emergence of Tunku made the deal. He became the president of United Malays National Organization at first and won the election in 1955. Then he turned into the prime minister of Malaya. Gradually his political career advanced and then declared to be the chief of the country on media. But he did not want to be violent in grabbing the power rather sought simplified ways to get on the seat. He travelled to London for making the country independent and made negotiation with the rulers and finally the country was free of the colonial rulers and he became the prime minister of the independent Malaysia. 

Tunku was born in 1903 in Malay on February 8. At that moment, the British domination was almost everywhere in the globe and Malaysia was not an exception. The British people have entered at the places where they have found potentials to dominate the people and gain their benefits. So, Tunku observed many of the incidents of the British rulers and consequently shaped his mind to change the scenario. He had the opportunity to bring a change as he was born in the royal family and was the 20th child of his father. He studied in Debsurin School in Bangkok and for his exceptional merit; Cambridge University offered him a scholarship to continue his studies at the university. Though he studied law, he did not take the law as his profession and he also lost interest when he could not succeed in the exam in first chance in the early days of his life. Later, when he passed the exam after several retakes, he was appointed as the deputy public prosecutor before he joined in politics. He breathed his last at the age of 87 in 1990.  

He is still an important political figure in the history of Malaysia. In the dawn of Malaysian independence, he raised his voice and understood that the country needs independence to move forward. His future vision has brought the country to the current position. His wide envision about the independent Malaysia has become true today and now the country is considered as one of the most developed countries. If did not take the attempts to make the country free from the rulers and continued his post of deputy prosecutor, it is difficult to say that Malaysia could not have moved ahead. During the colonial ruling period, the countrymen experienced different troubles in their social and professional life and the issue of racism was more prevalent that many of the natives had to leave their jobs and social status being insulted by the rulers. The situations turn worst and Tunku wanted to solve without any bloodshed. Finally, he became successful and thus he took himself into a different height. People still remember his contribution to the country and pay cordial homage in his birth and death dates.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe an historical figure who you know about." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue card topics as well:
  • Describe a famous person in your country you know about.
  • Describe someone famous you would like to meet. 
  • Describe a well-known person in your country.
  • Talk about a person who has done a lot of work to help others. 
  • Describe a political leader you like. 
  • Describe a person you admire.