The Alexander Hamilton Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

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?

He was born on the islands of Nevis.

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What year was Hamilton born?

There's evidence to support both 1755 and 1757 as Hamilton's birthdate, so guess away.

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What scandalous circumstances was Hamilton born into?

She had left (or been kicked out) of her marriage when she met James Hamilton, Alexander's father.

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Hamilton's dad:

He left the family destitute.

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Hamilton was orphaned at around 12 years old when his mother died. He was given up to a cousin who:

Seriously, it's hard-knock life.

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After his mother's death, a wealthy merchant named Thomas Stevens became his guardian. What do some historians speculate about their relationship?

Thomas Stevens' son and Hamilton looked uncannily alike, and it was long rumored that Thomas Stevens and Hamilton's mother Rachel had an affair.

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As a teenager, Hamilton was given what large responsibility?

Imagine being put in charge of the office you're interning for. As a 16-year old.

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Hamilton came to America to study where?

Elizabethtown Academy was a grammar school.

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Who else went to Elizabethtown Academy?

Burr was there a bit earlier than Hamilton.

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Where did Hamilton study at university?

Although it was King's College then, Hamilton attended what is now Columbia University.

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In the Revolutionary War, Hamilton was eventually asked to:

Hamilton became a senior insider with Washington.

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During the Constitutional Convention, Hamilton proposed:

The suggestion made a few people think he was getting suspiciously close to suggesting a monarchy.

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What important document did Hamilton sign?

Hamilton is the one leaning into Benjamin Franklin in Howard Chandler Christy's famous "Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States" painting.

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Hamilton married:

He and Eliza had 8 children.

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After the war Hamilton worked briefly in what profession:

But the lure of office kept calling…

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Who wrote The Federalist Papers with Hamilton?

Hamilton wrote the bulk of the papers, but Jay and Madison both contributed.

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What was the pseudonym used for the Federalist Papers?

To honor Publius Valerius Publicola's founding of the Roman Republic.

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What was the main thrust of the Federalist Papers?

Remember that Hamilton, Monroe and Jay were all trying to get the Constitution ratified, so the Papers were essentially campaign materials.

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Hamilton also wrote letters to newspapers defending the Constitution. What pseudonym did he use?

Too bad he chose Caesar, because Flintrock Dominus might've really whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

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What position was Hamilton given in George Washington's government?

Hamilton became the Boy Banking Wonder. (No one called him that.)

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Hamilton proposed:

Although the National Bank didn't last long, the National Mint became an important part of the American economy.

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What party did Hamilton become the leader of?

Although he wasn't a fan of political parties, Hamilton eventually led the Federalists.

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Who was Hamilton's rival in the Federalist Party?

Hamilton even tried to subvert Adams' nomination for president, although they were members of the same party.

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To sabotage Adams' second candidacy for president, Hamilton did what?

Although it was meant to be privately shared, good old Aaron Burr published "The Public Conduct and Character of John Adams, Esq., President of the United States" — putting another nail in Hamilton's political coffin.

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Hamilton was one of the first American politicians to be embroiled in what kind of scandal:

In 1797, Hamilton was outed for an affair with a married woman, whose husband was linked to financial fraud. By publishing his letters to her, Hamilton proved he didn't commit any crime — but did have to acknowledge the affair.

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Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr were both tied to win the presidency in 1800. Who did Hamilton urge the Federalists to support?

Jefferson was a nemesis of the Federalist Party (and Hamilton), but Hamilton was none-too-pleased with Burr's publication. While the Federalists elected Hamilton, they were largely dismissive and distrustful of him from that point on.

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But Hamilton wasn't done yet. How did he counter Burr once again, even after he was out of public office?

Although Hamilton's opposition probably didn't influence the election, Burr did lose.

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Aaron Burr finally challenged Hamilton to a duel over what?

A newspaper published that Hamilton claimed at a dinner party that he couldn't stand Burr.

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Who fired shots during the duel on July 11, 1804?

Only Hamilton was hit, however, and died on July 12, 1804 of his wounds.

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What's your name, man?

If you don't get the question, just you wait. JUST YOU WAIT.

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