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1. Through his direction of horror films, James Whale escaped the shackles of his modest upbringing to make a career for himself in Hollywood. Whale was born in Dudley near Birmingham, which is in which of the following countries?
2. James Whale was born in 1889 and as such he would have found it very difficult to dodge military service when a major war broke out in the 1910s. As a result Whale decided to embark upon military duties before he was forced by conscription, but in which war was he to take active part?
3. In 1928 James Whale managed to combine the role of director with his experiences of military life when he worked on the theatre production of an R. C. Sherriff play. What was the name of this play that originally starred Laurence Olivier?
4. James Whale's experiences in the theatre industry proved invaluable when it came to his early career in Hollywood and his knowledge was particularly useful when it came to transforming silent films into "talkies". What was the name of the film about World War I pilots that Whale directed alongside Howard Hughes in 1930?
5. James Whale made it to the big time in 1931 when he accepted a contract from a major film studio. Which of the following studios, known for films such as 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (1962), 'Jaws' (1975) and 'Jurassic Park' (1993), offered Whale that contract?
6. In 1931 the director James Whale switched from the popular war genre to the intriguing world of horror. His debut horror film would be remembered many decades later as one of the greatest of all time, but what was the name of this film, starring Boris Karloff?
7. It was uncommon for well-known individuals in the 1930s to be openly gay but director James Whale was honest about his sexuality throughout his Hollywood career. His long term partner was David Lewis but was Mr. Lewis also involved in the film industry?
8. In 1933 James Whale directed the science fiction classic, 'The Invisible Man', but who was the author of the book of the same name?
9. The 1937 film 'The Road Back' would prove to be the beginning of the demise of James Whale's directorial career. The film sparked a diplomatic row which even required the intervention of the US Department of State. The officials of which country's government objected to the release of 'The Road Back', a sequel to 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (1930)?
10. In 1941, James Whale's Hollywood career came to an end when the contract with his employer expired and was not renewed. Over the subsequent years he suffered both physical and mental illnesses, but how did Whale die in 1957?
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