Star Wars Sound Effects Quiz!


141 Responses to “Star Wars Sound Effects Quiz!”

  1. Galoot says:

    10%. I’d have done better guessing sounds from the novelization.

  2. Chupacabara says:

    YEAH! I got a 90%!

    After two run-throughs scoring a 30% and a 70%.

    Poggle the Lesser? WTF!

    WORST Quiz EVER!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Easy ones from the old movies. Anything from the new movies can kiss my grits. As far as I’m concerned, I got 100%.

  4. Glossolalia Black says:

    Husband and I got 80%, missed an obscure character and got confused by the Bantha/dewback question.

    One good thing about the prequel sounds: the seismic charge detonation is a GREAT sound.

    • Day Vexx says:

      I totally agree about the seismic charge. I tried to replicate it without electronics, and came up with dropping a laundry basket from a few feet up in a reverberant space, which was as close to the original as I could get. I remember being absolutely amazed with that sound when I first heard it in the movie. Great stuff!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Got a 90%! Mistook a Dewback for a Bantha, though.

  6. ticklemonster says:

    Boo on questions from the prequels. I got question 9 wrong, but I thought it was fair. More questions like that one next time, please.

  7. FreakCitySF says:

    I hate the prequels. I mostly guessed the prequel characters and got 90%.

  8. pepik says:

    70. Meh. I only got the Carbonite freezer because I heard Vader begin to speak at the end of the clip.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Got 80%! Not bad considering I haven’t seen all the movies in a while. Oughta rewatch ESB tho…missed the carbonite sounds.

  10. Chupacabara says:

    Ohhhhh! I got an idea for a GREAT Quiz… how about 15 random samples of Frodo (Elijah Woods) being a a complete and utter whiny git… “I can’t do this, Sam.” or “Gan-DAAAAAALLLLFFFFF” and then we get to match that to the appropriate place in the Movie.

    • Anonymous says:

      Haha! Great one. He WAS really whiny in the movies. Probably why I thought the action following Aragorn and the rest of the Fellowship were more interesting in Twin Towers and Return of the King were far more interesting.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I know those sounds in my sleep. SWF. Fun quiz, thanks!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’m ashamed to say that wasnt too dificult, 80% because i got the dewback sound muddled with the bantha, and the last question I did not recognise the characters name.

  13. littleoracle says:

    super dork! i got 100%! go me!

    uhm. yeah.

  14. Noah_J says:

    say what you will about the prequels, the seismic charge noise ranks amongst my favorite star wars sound effects.

  15. Alys says:

    70%, but the ones I missed were from the newer movies. Oh well.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Only 50%. But I thought it was pretty hard!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Anyone who put Bantha for question 9, you guys are correct. I watched Return of the Jedi and I heard that sound in the scene where the Banthas were walking along the Dune Sea. The Dewback sound in A New Hope is a different sound.

  18. Anonymous says:

    100% I am a true GEEK!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    100%, I’m a bigger geek than I thought. Even moreso since I’m quite proud of that.

  20. dr.hypercube says:

    Sweet Zombie Jesus, I stunk the place up. Or, as you kids say, pew! pew! pew!

  21. Anonymous says:

    I got 100%! this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    damn. only 80% for me… and thats because question #7 didn’t stream properly! “shinanigans!!!”

  23. Anonymous says:

    70%. Pretty good, considering I’m not a SW geek.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Still not convinced on the first one, as TIE fighters never went atmospheric (second half sounded like an effect from the ship in Yavin’s atmo).

    Oh well!

  25. JoeKickass says:

    100% – I was very surprised to even get all the prequel ones.

  26. holtt says:

    Meta note: I like these bits of non-standard BB content. Different graphical style, alternate presentation of information, etc.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Fun stuff! I surprised myself with an 80%.

  28. Anonymous says:

    i got 100%! this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. redhead says:

    cute quiz! i got 60%, the prequel ones really threw me.

  30. LostCatSoda says:

    I stopped as soon as I heard sound FX from the prequels. Those are *not* Star Wars. Boing Boing should have higher standards.


  31. Anonymous says:

    Scored 90%, damn those dewbacks for sounding like banthas… Think I only did so well because I watched the Family Guy Episode IV last night…

  32. Anonymous says:

    Happy to say this 49 y/o housewife is only geeky enough to score 30%. Wondering if I’d do better w/ Star Trek sounds?

  33. Reiuxcat says:

    100% Not bad for an old guy, eh?

  34. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never seen any of the movies and got 50%

  35. Anonymous says:

    I don’t quite know what this makes me, but I got 90%

  36. Anonymous says:

    I think the geek factor really came in when you had to identify the technical model/type of mechanism rather than the particular ‘name’

  37. bassplayinben says:

    I thought the first 7 were the sound of the prequel haters wiping their cheeto-stained fingers on their Hellboy t-shirts, but I was wrong.

    The seismic charge sound is basically a short flange with a ton of feedback and a huge reverb.

    • arkizzle / Moderator says:

      Re: the Seismic Charge..

      I too was amazed when I first heard that sound, I think it’s the brief silence before it hits that does it, and then boom!

      I had had a few ideas about how to replicate it, but the conversation here spurred me to try. I don’t think it’s a flange at all. I layered a quarter bar of staccato 1/64th snares, over a low tenor-sax note.

      The staccato snares gives the tearing-space sound, and creates the initial note (the closeness of the hits creating it’s own tone) and the tenor-sax makes it a bit more definite.
      Then wack the lot through a massive reverb..

      Took about 5 minutes and is pretty close:

      • Felton says:

        The seismic charge sound always reminded me of the blaster beam, the instrument used for the V’ger music in Star Trek – the Motion Picture.

        • lewis stoole says:

          back when the star trek movie came out, i discovered i could mimic the blaster beam instrument with my task lamp (it had a couple of 4″ springs which, when plucked while extended, made a sound similar to the blaster beam instrument as found in the klingon battle music during the first scene).

          • Felton says:

            Heh! Hmmm. That makes me want to check all the offices on this floor to see who might have a suitable task lamp I can play with. :-D

        • arkizzle / Moderator says:

          I’d never heard of the blaster beam, Felton. Thanks!

          • Felton says:

            De nada! I’d never heard of it until I read the liner notes of the Star Trek TMP soundtrack. I’m surprised it’s so obscure. I mean, it’s basically a 15 to 18-foot long electric guitar!

          • Felton says:

            Oh, yes! As Lewis just said, cool seismic sound!

      • bassplayinben says:

        re: Seismic Charge sound

        You’ve done a really good job recreating the sound. But it still sounds like a short flange with a lot of feedback! Maybe when I say ‘flange’, you’re thinking of the stereotypical slow sweeping flange that we’re all used to hearing on our favorite 70s recordings.
        Stacking multiple copies of the same sound with minor timing differences between each is the practical way to create a ‘flange’ effect if one doesn’t have access to an actual flanger pedal or similar software. Try it… take that snare sample and run it through the flanger in whatever software you’re using. Turn the feedback all the way up and experiment with the other controls (they vary depending on what flanger you’re using) until you get it.

        • arkizzle / Moderator says:

          I know that super-tight flange-effect, well :)

          But you’re totally right, my staccato snares are essentially your stacked set of sounds.

          In this case though, I gated the shit out of the snares, so there is no overlap to give the characteristic interference pattern. But with the reverb and compression, the end result is probably identical.

          Nice chatting audio, I get to do it so rarely!

          • Day Vexx says:

            I dig your seismic charge noise– now try to do it without electronics, like I mentioned! I love doing things like this, it’s a lot of fun, and great ear training. Obviously, you can’t replicate the original, but it’s the puzzle of getting close that makes it fun.

  38. chris lee says:

    OK fanboy OCD kicking in:
    #1 has an X-Wing mixed in at the end with the TIE fighters, and Millennium Falcon is misspelled.

  39. Anonymous says:

    I don’t recognize anything but the originals so I am a winner.

  40. Anonymous says:

    I got 80%, I love the sounds of Star Wars, but I do have a comment.
    The very first question is WRONG!! (kinda) Yes it starts out as TIE Fighters, BUT the sound of the Millenium Falcon is also in it as well.
    Good test, and as far as I’m concerned, the original trilogy should only be counted.

    If you make up another here’s a question only a REAL Star Wars fan should know:
    When Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewy jumped in the garbage bin on the Death Star, what was the number location Luke told C3P0 to open the door?
    (sorry but if I give you the answer, everyone will know it)

  41. Donald Petersen says:

    Got 80%. As always, the prequels are my Kryptonite.

    I did get the dewback one, but I had to listen twice.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I got all 10, but I was really only sure of nine of them. I guessed on the Dewback one. And the first one, TIE Fighter or X-wing would’ve both been correct.

  43. Nawel says:

    I did 50%. Not bad for my expectations, I’m a fan, but I’m no expert -haven’t read any books, or guides, etc. about the whole Star Wars universe.

    I’ll give it another try.

  44. Anonymous says:

    100% first time through, I’m such a nerd :-)

  45. Anonymous says:

    100% The force is strong with me

  46. Van Diemen says:

    70% here.
    I like the Boing Boing quizzes.

  47. Anonymous says:

    10 out of 10 I did get!

    the Force is definately with me…

  48. Anonymous says:

    90%; I missed the dewback question.

    I realize how hard it is to find good sound effects, but a few of these questions are a tad confusing.

    1: While the first half is obviously a TIE, the second half of the clip overlays a TIE and an X-wing. It could be a bit confusing to some people.

    4: the seismic charge goes off inside an asteroid belt and makes quite a shower of pebbles; I wouldn’t be surprised if some people get turned around by that.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I got 70% but in my defense I don’t acknowledge anything but the original trilogy…and they are the ones I got right. so 100% for me!

  50. Anonymous says:

    lol i got 90%

  51. Anonymous says:

    far too easy… 100%

  52. Anonymous says:

    I posted as #86. My 9-year old son just tried it and got 80%. He missed the tractor beam, and the dewback he thought was the bantha.

  53. adamnvillani says:

    You should see about adapting this to Sporcle.

  54. Anonymous says:

    100% and I found it way too easy. I guess that makes me a super geek. I’m going to try my son on it tomorrow when he gets home from school.

  55. Anonymous says:

    70%. I’m totally fine with that as the ones I missed were all from the *shudder* prequels.

  56. Acrophile says:

    I got 90%! After all these years, and not being a prequel fan! Wow! I still got it! :does happydance with Cinnabuns attached to head:

  57. Anonymous says:

    90% just confirms that I’m 90% nerd (at the very least).

  58. feeder_goldfish says:

    Ouch! Only 40%…..

  59. Anonymous says:

    10 for 10. But then, as a life-long Star Wars fanatic with the tattoo to prove it, I’m not shocked by this. :)

  60. Acrophile says:

    Ooh! Ooh! :raises hand, bouncing in chair: I have a quiz suggestion! How about Door Chimes of Science Fiction! Victims would have to identify this or that door chime from various sci-fi entities (Star Trek TNG, Babylon 5, etc). Maybe lame; don’t know if there are 10 that are distinct enough, but I know a few are, and that inspired me. So there you go.

  61. Anonymous says:

    80% Most of them were easy for me, but the last one was way too obscure. Also I apparently don’t know a Bantha call from a Dewback call. *shrug* Tatooine isn’t my first choice for a vacation spot anyways. :)

  62. Anonymous says:

    An awesome idea but come on, it was too easy! 100%, and the only one I had to think about for a moment was the dewback.

  63. Anonymous says:

    100%. God I’m a geek.

  64. Anonymous says:

    90%! Got the Bantha/Dewback one wrong

  65. Anonymous says:

    90%; missed the last one. It didn’t play.

  66. benchscientist says:

    got an 80 % disappointed no sand people or jawas though…likely too easy.

  67. Anonymous says:

    Question #1 is a trick question. You actually have the sound of an X-Wing in there as well with the Tie Fighters.

  68. RyoGeo says:

    100% first time through, baby. Wait, is that good or bad? Now I’m confused.

  69. Anonymous says:

    100% y’all!

  70. lewis stoole says:

    how was i to know a twin ion engine fighter was a tie wing fighter?

    and i always thought r2d2 was a protocol droid. i even suck at being a geek. this is yet another disappointing day. at least this gently rocking earthquake happening as i type will soothe my wearied bones. oh the pain, the pain of it all.

  71. Anonymous says:

    100% yeeee hawww! O yes, I am a SW NUT!!

  72. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    C3PO is a protocol droid.. that’s correct, I got at least ONE answer right* :)

    *or, as evidenced by the info above, at least one answer 3/4s not wrong.

  73. Anonymous says:

    I want to say that was fun But some were tough And I got 70% which is better than some here.

  74. Anonymous says:

    I’m glad to say the only ones I didn’t know right off the bat were ones from the newer movies.

  75. Anonymous says:

    I agree, prequels and ‘special editions’ should not be in this quiz!

  76. Zadaz says:

    Original trilogy sounds: 100%
    Those Other Ones: 0%.

    I liked that some of the answers were appropriately geeky. The movies never mention that TIE fighters are Twin Ion Engine fighters or what a dewback is, and R2D2′s astromech-ness is only mentioned in a throwaway line. Knowing those tidbits of geekery certainly helped out.

  77. Anonymous says:

    No wonder I only got 60%: It seems as though these are mostly from the re-release versions, that Georgie boy ruined^Wimproved with new scenes and effects.

  78. Anonymous says:


    even worse, i could place just about every sound to an individual scene.

  79. Phrosty says:

    100%. Too easy David. We over-zealous nerds required a challenge, and you let us down. As for the others complaining about the references to the prequels, relax. I completely agree; the later films are like kidney stones compared to the originals, but like it or not, they’re part of the canon.

    • Felton says:

      like it or not, they’re part of the canon

      True, and if there’s one thing they (the prequels) did have to offer, it was plenty of eye/ear candy, and this quiz is about the ear candy.

    • lewis stoole says:

      if the prequels are like kidney stones, then how would you rate the phantom edit?

      and might i add, that’s a pretty cool seismic sound from arkizzle.

  80. Anonymous says:

    All too easy…

  81. Felton says:

    Wow, I only made 60%! I thought I was more of a Star Wars geek. Looks like most of the ones I missed were from the prequels, though, so I don’t feel all that bad about it. :^D

    • Alhazared says:

      70% here. I was thrown off by a couple of the prequel related questions. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I’ve watched the Original Trilogy way more times than the Prequel Trilogy, 10:1. Great quiz

  82. sehlat says:

    Got 60%. Not too shabby, I think, since I haven’t watched any of them in years.

  83. annick says:

    this is too cool! only got a 50% though…

  84. Anonymous says:

    Got 90%. Would have gotten 100% but question #9 is sort of a trick question. That sound effect is used for both Banthas AND Dewbacks in the movies. You might want to check into it and revise the question. Other than that, great idea for a quiz.

  85. ToddBradley says:

    Almost none of these were from Star Wars. Most were from Episode V, VI, I, II, and III. So many good sound effects from the original were skipped – the sound Ben makes to scare off the sandpeople, the sound of the Death Star laser powering up, etc.

  86. Anonymous says:

    90% – Missed that gd techno union guy, good thing the prequels aren’t part of star wars.

  87. boomer6966 says:

    90% I need to get out more

  88. Anonymous says:

    100%. Do, or do not. There is no try.

  89. Anonymous says:

    Ah, only question 3 wrong. Totally misjudged which film it was.

  90. JohnCJ says:

    I did OK on questions from the original trilogy. I failed at recognizing anything from the filthy abortions which comprise the latest three.

  91. Anonymous says:

    100% baby. Hyperspace ain’t like dustin’ crops, boy.

  92. racerx_is_alive says:

    Well I missed the 3 prequel ones- I’m okay with that.

  93. londonlover719 says:

    70% – better than I expected since I did have to guess once or twice ;) This was fun!!

  94. Anonymous says:

    (Mack2d2) I got 90%, somehow I missed the Carbonite freeze chamber one… it just didn’t sound right to me. I knew dewback just because for some reason the Bantha sound is stuck in my head and the dewback is definitely more reptilian sounding somehow… quiz really should have been based more on the original trilogy, the abundance of 2nd gen based questions kinda made me lose interest partway through it.

  95. Thiliel says:

    60%. Not too bad! great sound design.

  96. Anonymous says:


    hehe ;)

  97. Hanglyman says:

    80%. Except for the prequel ones, I thought that quiz was actually pretty easy. Granted, pretty much any sound effect from Star Wars is rather distinct.

  98. Day Vexx says:

    Wife and I made a 90%– couldn’t recognize the dewback– thought it might be a bantha. Yes, this is terribly sad.

  99. Anonymous says:

    My 11-year-old son got 80%.

  100. Anonymous says:

    100% Like a True Jedi Master!

  101. Anonymous says:

    90% screw the prequels. Missed Tteel Kkak. Anyone seen the Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones by redlettermedia on youtube?

  102. Anonymous says:


  103. gdholtby says:

    Prequels don’t count, dammit.

  104. Anonymous says:

    100 % was really not that hard to attain. If you got less than 90 % I would say that you’re not really watching the movies enough. Christ, I AM A GEEK !

  105. holtt says:

    Doesn’t the shutdown sound have a much deeper, almost subliminal base to it?

  106. Anonymous says:

    Oh my gosh I got a 100%. I am embarassed at how much of a geek I am. Good quiz! I see this took a lot of work to put together and I am glad it wasn’t too tough or too easy.

  107. Anonymous says:

    100% The Force is strong with this one!

  108. Anonymous says:

    Man, I suck. 50%. I should turn in my Star Wars badge. :(

  109. Anonymous says:

    Prequels, really? Had fun up until I heard that crap in there.

  110. Pedge says:

    Proud and ashamed that i got 100%

  111. razzberry2 says:

    Aw. I thought I was a bit more geeky than 50%. And one of those correct answers I just totally guessed at. I need to stay in more.

  112. Anonymous says:

    i got 3 wrong but 2 of them i had the right thing in my head just didnt know the name and had to guess

  113. shadowfreak says:

    Got 90. missed the last one. that quiz is pretty cake.

  114. Anonymous says:

    90%>>> doesn’t look like this will get me into mensa.

  115. metatim says:

    100%! My personal preference would be for more obscure things from the original trilogy. More please!

  116. Anonymous says:

    I got 100% due to I love SW since I was a child

  117. AtchooSneez says:

    I got 100%, even on the horrid prequel sounds…*Sobs*

    I really need to get out more.

  118. Anonymous says:

    100%! Awesome. Suppose that comes as being a 20something child of both the prequels and originals.

  119. Eric Knisley says:

    I answered at random and got 60%.

  120. AJ says:

    80%. Off to make some star wars oreintated techno

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