SAT Subject US History Practice Question 385: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 385

6. The scriptwriters known as the "Hollywood Ten" were blacklisted by the movie industry because they

A. failed to win awards for their studio producers
B. made public speeches urging people to vote for third-party presidential candidates
C. accused several people in the movie industry of being Communist Party members
D. refused to answer questions asked by the House Un-American Activities Committee
E. tried to organize a screenwriters' union in Hollywood

Correct Answer: D


No one in Hollywood would hire the writers because their refusal to testify implied to many that they were in fact communists. Hollywood producers were worried that if they hired suspected communists, people would boycott their films and they would lose money.

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