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Describe life in a particular period of history

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 326 with Model Answer:

Describe life in a particular period of history.

You should say:
  • which period you have chosen
  • what were the benefits of life then
  • what were the drawbacks of life then
and explain if you would like to have lived then.

[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 1:
Life in the Middle Ages was completely different than we see it today. Some reflections of life of that period are found in cinemas but most of them are unrealistic. They are filled with fantasies. The real life in the Middle Ages was filled with classifications and the feudal system dominated the entire society. And most importantly, people were superstitious to a great extent. This is a very smart candidate task card and I am happy to have it in my share.

In some terms, living in the Middle Ages was beneficial. Life was not so much complicated as it is found today. People used to live near nature. And there were fewer traffic congestions in the streets. Though the streets remained crowded round the day, there were no troubles among the pedestrians and people used to live in their own way. Minding the own business was the key task. The other important benefit was that they did not think so much about the career or about the other silly issues that matter most in the present day.

But there were some drawbacks as well. The classification was the most important obstacle of this age. People were classified into various groups and the noblemen used to dominate the poorer section of the society. The scope of entertainment was limited and the lower parts of the society had no or little access to such activities. The daily life in this age was the subject of wealth and power.

I would like to have lived in that period of time. In fact, a fascination works in me about that age. I have seen numerous events in movies and got addicted to the age. So, I want to travel in the streets with a dimmed lantern with me and enjoy the views around.


Model Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this nice topic. China has experienced a notable number of rulers and ruling periods. The French ruling from 1858 to 1860 was a remarkable period in the history of the country. This is the period when the country had to suffer and did not have the ability to get rid of the issues easily. So, I would like to talk about this specific period.

In fact, there were not many notable benefits at that time. Some employment opportunities were created because of the opening of some ports for European trade. And it was the external joint force that compelled the authority to open the ports for the arrival. And that created the opportunities. So, the living standard of the native people went up to some extents though the time was unstable.   

To be honest with the issue, the drawbacks were more than the benefits at that time. It was the colonial rulers who used soldiers to occupy the country and they also had some troubles within themselves. All the matters lead to an uncontrollable situation there. The territory was under the British and French domination. The local government of China had to sign in treaties that were not benefiting for the country. It was a kind of military expedition to punish the Chinese government.

I would love to live then and even if I have a chance ever, I will go back there. That was the time when the country experienced some of the most crucial moments. I could have gathered the knowledge about the then socio-economic conditions in all terms. Moreover, knowing the past will add some value to my practical knowledge as well. And I would have participated in the protests too to protect the country. For all the reasons, I would like to have lived in that particular period.

Idea generation for this Cue Card topic:  

"Describe life in a particular period of history." 

Life began even before history was recorded. Human civilization has changed during the course of time and experienced different ages. This cue card question asks to describe how life was in particular period of history and here are some other hints to start the answer.

1. Life in the Stone Age was tough for humans. They did not have modern tools to live on. Hunting was the key profession of people. They used stones to hunt animals to be served as foods. The age is also divided into several periods and it is thought that socialization began at this age.

2. The invention of mathematics was the best achievement in Bronze Age. The Age is named so due to the rise of bronze tools. People of this age started using bronze-made tools in their everyday life. This is a major age in human history.

3. Application of iron-made materials began in the Iron Age. This is an important age in the expansion of human history. People in this age started using iron massively as this metal was far durable than the other types of tools and instruments in their life. Most of the technological advancement took place in this age.

4. The civilization of ancient Egypt plays an important role in human history. The duration of this civilization was between 3000 to 300 BCE beside the Nile. The age is remarkable for the technological, military, cultural and religious advancement. Pharaohs controlled the states and now we have their relics in pyramids.

5. A large part of the world was under the domination of Roman empire during the 1st century. Christianity appeared in this century and it gave birth to many other political and religious events. Expansion of literature was a remarkable achievement in this age.

6. The 15th century is considered a bridge among the renaissance, middle age and early modern period. Fall of empires, mapping of the world, development of renaissance etc. are the key achievement of this century.

7. At present we are in the 21st century- also known as the modern age. We are having all the modern benefits. Technological, medical and religious advancements are the key features. Living has become comfortable and easy communication has removed distances. The world has become a global village.

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