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Types Of Sound

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This quiz is design to help A level media students learn the variety of sound concepts that they will have to identify in a exam. The questions are based on the sound used in an episode of the BBC drama Waterloo Road but could have been altered to apply to any drama.  

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    We can tell that the music heard in the pregnancy scene is non diegetic because:
    • A. 

      It is used to suggest female predicament.

    • B. 

      The source of the music is not part of the scene.

    • C. 

      The music is heard alongside the dialogue.

  • 2. 
    The music in the bedroom scene appears to be diegetic because:
    • A. 

      It is balanced so that it is heard below the dialogue

    • B. 

      The music heard sounds as if it is a natural part of the scene

    • C. 

      The source of the music can be seen

  • 3. 
    The playground scene contains ambient sound because:
    • A. 

      The dialogue can be heard above other sounds

    • B. 

      There are sounds layers that are heard with the playground dialogue which are used to describe the location

    • C. 

      There is a mix of dialogue and music

  • 4. 
    Waterloo Road’s theme tune is conventional for a drama because:
    • A. 

      The theme tune provides some ideas about the drama

    • B. 

      The theme tune is used throughout the drama

    • C. 

      The theme tune is only heard when the opening credits are shown

  • 5. 
    Asynchronous sound is the sound heard with the shouting in the establishing shots because:
    • A. 

      The shouting is sound that can be heard without seeing the sound source

    • B. 

      It is clear where the shouting is coming from

    • C. 

      The shouting can be heard by the audience but not by the characters

  • 6. 
    The corridor scenes contain synchronous sound as:
    • A. 

      They always contain a sound bridge

    • B. 

      They contain music that will appeal to the youth audience

    • C. 

      They contain a mix of dialogue, music, sound effects and ambient sound that are all heard throughout the scenes

  • 7. 
    The footsteps heard in the corridor scene can be identified as a sound effect because:
    • A. 

      We are not made aware of the type of shoes making the footsteps

    • B. 

      There a many different footstep sounds heard

    • C. 

      The actual sounds of footsteps are difficult to record accurately

  • 8. 
    The dialogue heard in Waterloo Road indicates the power relationships:
    • A. 

      Between the students and teachers

    • B. 

      Between the teachers

    • C. 

      Between the teachers, between the teachers and the students and between the students

  • 9. 
    The music in the playground scene becomes incidental because:
    • A. 

      It changes for each character

    • B. 

      It is used to illustrate the mood of a character

    • C. 

      It is used to describe the actions of a character

  • 10. 
    If Waterloo uses sound motifs there would be:
    • A. 

      Ideas about the programme suggested in the theme tune

    • B. 

      Appeals to the target audience through the use of music

    • C. 

      Music used to describe each key character