Introduction of Sound to the Film Industry


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Even though Thomas Edison and William Dickson were studying ways to incorporate sound into film since the 1890's, why did it take until the mid-1920s to make real progress?

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1. What was the first technology invented that would allow recordings to accompany film?

2. How did Movietone affect sound and movies when it was introduced?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

From the 1890s to the 1920s, filmmakers attempted to pair movies and sounds, and this quiz/worksheet will help you test your understanding of the history of that time period to the successful advent of sound in film.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following items:

  • True statement about the time after the advent of sound in film
  • Definition of Movietone, or sound-on-film system
  • First feature length talkie film
  • Definition of a Vitaphone, or sound-on-disc system
  • True statement about Thomas Edison and William Dickson

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sound to film lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main forms of technology, such as Vitaphone and Movietone
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the first feature length talkie
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify true statements about sound and film

Additional Learning

To learn more about the history of sound in films, review the corresponding lesson on the Introduction of Sound to Film. The lesson will help you:

  • Understand the silent era of films in 1925
  • Know the technical difficulties of trying to get sound with movies in the 1890s
  • Define Vitaphone, Movietone, and talkie
  • Explore examples of early movies with sound
  • Learn about the new technical difficulties that were introduced with the feature of sound in movies