Rosie the RiveterQuestion (from Project 1)Potential Strategies for Answering QuestionsPractice AnswersI. Describe the artifactin detail. Forinstance, how would you describe itto someone who could not see it? [You practiced this 2-4-1 Short Answer: Seeing Your Artifact in a New Light.]Your response might include basic and technical details about the artifact, such as its medium, who made it, where it comes from, and what area of the humanities it belongs to:“All Shook Up” is an American rock-and-roll song, written by Otis Blackwell and sung by Elvis Presley, recorded and released in 1957. The song is approximately two minutes long.You could also describe what the artifact depicts, what it is about:In the song Elvis sings about the symptoms that he is experiencing from being in love and how they affect him physically and mentally when he is both around and away from the woman he is in lovewith.Rosie is seen over the backdrop of a flowing American flag. She has curly reddish hair; safety goggles cover her forehead and a face shield rests higher. She is taking a break from work to have a ham sandwich. Her rivet gun, still connectedto its hose, and her lunchboxsit in her lap. Her blue shirt is rolled up, exposing her very burly arms, which connect to large, masculine hands. Her coveralls are a bit too big, requiring rolling at the cuff and her salmon colored socks are covered bypenny loafers instead of work boots. Her feet rest on a copy of Hitler’s manifesto, Mein Kampf. Her lips are tomato red from her lip stick,and her rouge is covered with dirt on her cheek. Rosie’s coveralls are adornedwith buttons including the Victory V and a Red Cross forblood donation.II. Choose elements of the artifact that you believe are most important to how you experience it and explain why. For instance, whatparticularly catches your senses or Think about the senses you use to experience the artifact and the attributes that impact yoursenses: “All Shook Up” is primarily experienced aurally, through sound, by listening to it, as it isa piece of music. Most important are the lead Rosie is a painting, so sight ishow it is experienced. Rockwell though, using shading and color has created an entire
makes you want to keep experiencing it? Does the choice of medium impact your experience? [You studied elements of artifacts and how we experience them in 2-4How Do We Study Artifacts.]vocals by Elvis, but the guitar, drum set, and piano, along with other instruments, are also important to the sound. The chorus, “I'm in love/I'm all shook up/Mm mm mm, mm, yay, yay, yay” is particularly catchy because of the way it sounds.Consider the medium of the artifact, the way the medium affects your experience: When the song was released, it was originally a vinyl record, though it could also be heard as sound waves on the radio, and, today it can be experienced as an audio file on a computer.