You've read all the books. You've seen all the documentaries. You've memorized the all lyrics. Okay, you didn't, but you know all the words to the musical "Hamilton." Take this quiz to see if that's enough to give you an expert knowledge of Alexander Hamilton.
Where was Hamilton born?
the West Indies
New York state
What year was Hamilton born?
Uh, 1755 or 1757?
What scandalous circumstances was Hamilton born into?
His father was an actor.
His mother was married to someone who wasn't his father.
His parents eloped without their folks' blessing.
fought those who lodged charges of bigamy towards his wife
became a successful landowner
left the family when Hamilton was a child
Hamilton was orphaned at around 12 years old when his mother died. He was given up to a cousin who:
he later inherited a fortune from
committed suicide months later
sent him to America for formal education
After his mother's death, a wealthy merchant named Thomas Stevens became his guardian. What do some historians speculate about their relationship?
that Hamilton and Stevens had an enduring affair
that Hamilton and Stevens were half-brothers
that Stevens was Hamilton's biological father
As a teenager, Hamilton was given what large responsibility?
He had to cook his company's books.
He was left in charge of the office he was clerking for while the owner went abroad.
He was elected mayor of St. Croix.
Hamilton came to America to study where?
Who else went to Elizabethtown Academy?
John Quincy Adams
Where did Hamilton study at university?
In the Revolutionary War, Hamilton was eventually asked to:
brainstorm a national anthem
join General George Washington as an aide
stop annoying his other officers by breaking out in song
During the Constitutional Convention, Hamilton proposed:
that all the states should be named after native birds
presidents and senators could serve life terms
that women should vote
What important document did Hamilton sign?
the Constitution of the United States
the Declaration of Independence
Elizabeth Schuyler, from a posh New York family
Martha Washington's niece
no one, and had a reputation as a swinging bachelor his whole life
After the war Hamilton worked briefly in what profession:
as a farmer
as a lawyer
as an accountant
Who wrote The Federalist Papers with Hamilton?
John Jay and James Madison
John Jay and Thomas Jefferson
John Adams and James Madison
What was the pseudonym used for the Federalist Papers?
What was the main thrust of the Federalist Papers?
government should play a small, decentralized role
the Constitution should be ratified
government should be for the people, but not by the people
Hamilton also wrote letters to newspapers defending the Constitution. What pseudonym did he use?
What position was Hamilton given in George Washington's government?
Secretary of State
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of the Interior
a National Bank
a National Mint
What party did Hamilton become the leader of?
the Federalist Party
the Republican Party
the Democratic Party
Who was Hamilton's rival in the Federalist Party?
To sabotage Adams' second candidacy for president, Hamilton did what?
published a hit piece on Adams' character
promised Aaron Burr he would help elect him
threw his own hat into the nominating ring
Hamilton was one of the first American politicians to be embroiled in what kind of scandal:
Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr were both tied to win the presidency in 1800. Who did Hamilton urge the Federalists to support?
But Hamilton wasn't done yet. How did he counter Burr once again, even after he was out of public office?
He drew a political cartoon portraying Burr as a weasel.
He had an affair with Burr's wife.
He supported Burr's Republican opponent when Burr ran for governor of New York.
Aaron Burr finally challenged Hamilton to a duel over what?
the lack of endorsement in the gubernatorial election
claims that Hamilton held a "despicable opinion" of him
a rumor that Hamilton was going to publish a pamphlet detailing Burr's ineptitude as a politician
Who fired shots during the duel on July 11, 1804?
neither; Hamilton was wounded by a bullet from Burr's son
What's your name, man?
Just call me A-Ham.
Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton.