HUM 100 4-3 Worksheet Please complete the attached worksheet. The artifact I chose is Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. I picked it because I believe it repres

HUM 100 4-3 Worksheet Please complete the attached worksheet. The artifact I chose is Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. I picked it because I believe it represents unrequited love, depression and heartache in our culture. HUM 100 4-3 Worksheet
Question (from Project 1)
Potential Strategies for Answering Questions
I. Describe the artifact in detail. For
instance, how would you describe it
to 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 love
II. Choose elements of the artifact
that you believe are most
important to how you experience it
and explain why. For instance, what
particularly catches your senses or
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 2-4
How Do We Study Artifacts.]
Think about the senses you use to experience
the artifact and the attributes that impact your
senses: “All Shook Up” is primarily experienced
aurally, through sound, by listening to it, as it is
a piece of music. Most important are the lead
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.
One can also locate video of Elvis performing it
live. A person alive in the 1950s could have
Practice Answers
experienced the song live in person. This
would be a different experience since he or
she would have been surrounded by a lot of
screaming fans. Music can be experienced in a
variety of places, either socially (at a bar or
diner) or alone, and what is going on around
the listener at the time can affect the
Lastly, one can experience the song to some
degree as a kind of poetry simply by reading
the lyrics.
III. State your opinion on what you
believe is the purpose of this
artifact and the success of the
creator in achieving the purpose.
For instance, what message do you
believe the creator is trying to
express, and is that message
successfully expressed? [You
examined this in 2-3-1 Worksheet:
Reasons for Creating Artifacts.]
“All Shook Up” is intended to present the
physical and mental state of being in love, one
of the big themes of human existence.
However, the main purpose of this song seems
to have been to entertain and to earn money
for the artists involved and the recording label,
RCA. The lyrics of the song are not highly
profound, which suggests they are mainly
there for the sound. The song is also quite
short, suggesting it is meant to be a quick
diversion. The song was successful in all of
these purposes because it was at the top of a
number of popular music charts for a month or
more. This could be because it accurately
captured the feeling of being in love and was
therefore appealing to its audience, because
the sound was catchy and danceable, or a
combination of these things. Its success made
money, and the song has remained well known
until today, so its purposes continue to be
IV. Discuss how the artifact reflects
the culture (or context) in which it
exists. Be sure to address what
aspects of culture have relevance
for this artifact: politics, history,
religion, social perceptions,
“All Shook Up” is part of the rock-and-roll
revolution that took place in the 1950s and
marked new developments in music. Rock and
roll is uniquely American as it combines
African-American musical influences and
country-western and folk. This combination
technology, media, education, and
so on. In other words, how do the
artifact and its culture interrelate?
[You learned about this in Theme:
Introduction to the Humanities (all
learning blocks) and in learning
block 3-3]
reflected the breaking down of racial barriers
in America after World War II, as people
migrated to cities from all over the country,
and, in fact, the creator of “All Shook Up,” Otis
Blackwell, was an African-American
songwriter, while the song was sung by the
white Elvis Presley.
Songs of rock and roll exploded in popularity at
this time because young people in the 1950s
wanted to rebel against the strictures of the
past. After the horrors of World War II,
Americans also were looking for a sense of
release and fun that was filled by songs like
“All Shook Up.”
Technology played a part in the growth of rock
and roll too. It has been said that the grinding
rhythms of rock reflect the sounds of
machinery and automobiles that were part of
industrialization in postwar America. The
invention of instruments such as the drum set
and electric guitar was essential for the sound
of “All Shook Up,” and the growth of radio as a
medium ensured its promotion to the public.
V. Use the artifact to discuss how
acts of creative expression impact
and are impacted by the people
and situations that surround it.
How might the artifact and the
person who created it have
impacted each other? For instance,
how might the geographic location
where the artifact was made, the
materials used to create the
artifact, the medium of the creative
process, or the environment where
the artifact is displayed influenced
the creator’s life or future creative
work? How might the artifact and
Influence of geographic location on the
creators: “All Shook Up” was recorded in
Hollywood, and the commercial atmosphere
there led to the promotion of Elvis as a star. He
would appear on TV and in movies and
became a celebrity and an American icon.
Because of the success of the song, Otis
Blackwell was hired to work for Elvis Presley
Music in New York City, which contributed to
his ability to continue writing influential hit
Impact on the culture in which it was created:
“All Shook Up,” as part of rock and roll,
contributed to a wide range of cultural
the culture or context in which it
was created have impacted each
other? For instance, does the
artifact add to the understanding of
the culture from which it was
created? What contributions does
it make to continuing on a dialogue
about that culture and the
importance of its artifacts? [You
looked at these ideas in learning
block 3-3.]
changes in the United States and worldwide.
The song was a hit on both the R&B and
country charts in America, demonstrating an
appeal that crossed racial lines. It has been
said that the trans-racial nature of rock and roll
helped usher in the Civil Rights Movement.
The song is also overt in its sexuality (“Her lips
are like a volcano when it’s hot”), which
anticipates the openness of the sexual
revolution that would begin in the 1960s.
The words of the song, which emphasize
casual speech and slang (“A well’a bless my
soul/What’sa wrong with me?/I’m itchin’ like a
man in a fuzzy tree”) also helped shape
American everyday language.
Its popularity contributed to the growth of
popular culture itself and the massive
influence of rock and roll on numerous facets
of American life, from social behavior to
Clearly, the example of “All Shook Up” shows
that artifacts in the humanities can have a
great influence on culture well beyond their
own creation as works of artistic value.
VI. Pose questions you have after
thinking deeply about this artifact.
What more do you want to know
a. The relationship between human
culture and expression
b. Your personal assumptions
about artifacts of this sort and why
they exist
c. How your values have shaped
and are shaped by your expression
and that of others
d. The relationship between the
What was the culture like when the song was
How could the culture have influenced Otis
Why do I think Otis Blackwell wrote this song?
What might he have been trying to express?
I know that Elvis was popular in the 1950s;
why did he choose to sing this song?
possible intent of the creator and
your own interpretation of its
meaning [You learned about this in
learning block 3-4.]
How might listening to this song shape the
values of listeners in the time that the song
was released?
Would the lyrics have the same impact me if
the song were released today?
VII. Speculate on how you would go
about answering these questions.
For instance, what sorts of things
would you study about these kinds
of artifacts and their contexts that
might begin addressing these
I would do research on the artifact itself and
the history of the time. I could find biographies
of the creators involved. I might look at
newspaper articles from the time and books
written on the artifact and the culture that
created it. I could also find information on the
influence of the artifact since it was created.

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