Hamilton is an amazing piece of art, full of clever words and awesome music. But one thing you might not have noticed is the sheer amount of historical information creeping into your brain as you listen on repeat.
Did Hamilton improve your understanding of American History? Take this quiz and find out!
(Don't worry, we won't tell if you listen to the soundtrack as a cheat sheet.)
ScotlandNew YorkThe CaribbeanFrance
BURR: How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar? — "Alexander Hamilton"
WASHINGTON: We rendezvous with Rochambeau, consolidate their gifts. — "Guns and Ships"
The territory that would become Louisiana.Aid when France revolted.A position in the newly formed government.An island off the coast of MA.
JEFFERSON: In return, they didn’t ask for land, only a promise that we’d lend a hand, and stand with them if they fought against oppressors. — "Cabinet Battle #2"
COMPANY: Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor. — "Right Hand Man"
The Continental ArmyThe British
WASHINGTON: Any hope of success is fleeting, how can I keep leading when the people I’m leading keep retreating? We put a stop to the bleeding as the British take Brooklyn. — "Right Hand Man"
Alexander HamiltonAaron BurrCharles LeeCharles Cornwallis
HAMILTON: Instead of me, he promotes Charles Lee, makes him second-in-command. — "Stay Alive"
The British win, due to the freezing weather and hypothermia taking down the American forces.It's a stalemate, with soldiers falling to heat stroke in over 100-degree heat.The Americans win, thanks to cannon misfire on the British side, sabotaged by Alexander Hamilton.
LAURENS: A thousand soldiers die in a hundred-degree heat. LAFAYETTE: As we snatch a stalemate from the jaws of defeat. — "Stay Alive"
He drafted important financial legislation that allowed Congress to secure the troops needed to fight the British.He was a spy, getting information on the British for the Revolutionaries.He was a British General who tried to negotiate a truce with George Washington.He was an envoy to France, sent to persuade the King to support the Revolutionary cause.
MULLIGAN: A tailor spyin’ on the British government! I take their measurements, information and then I smuggle it. — "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)"
COMPANY: The Battle of Yorktown. 1781. — "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)"
"Free Thoughts on the Proceedings of the Continental Congress," saying that the colonists really, really needed to stay loyal because of reasons. Hamilton tore this sh*t up."Common Sense," which was totally down with the colonies having independence, which, in turn, Hamilton was totally down for as well."The Wealth of Nations" which argued that Free Trade was the BOMB. Hamilton was all over this sh*t.
SEABURY: "Hear ye, hear ye! My name is Samuel Seabury, and I present free thoughts on the proceedings of the Continental Congress!"
Essays defending the U.S. Constitution.Pamphlets dissing the federal government.A group of documents detailing a conspiracy to destroy the U.S. Treasury.
BURR: Alexander joins forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series of essays defending the new United States Constitution, entitled The Federalist Papers. — "Non-Stop"
Boston, MAParis, FranceLondon, EnglandRichmond, VA
JEFFERSON: I’ve been in Paris meeting lots of different ladies. I guess I basic’lly missed the late eighties. — "What'd I Miss?"
Alexander HamiltonJohn LaurensEliza SchuylerTheodosia Prevost
BURR: Theodosia writes me a letter every day. I'm keeping the bed warm while her husband is away. He's on the British side in Georgia, he's trying to keep the colonies in line. But he can keep all of Georgia, Theodosia, she's mine. — "Wait For It"
The first trial of a woman in the United States.The first grand larceny trial in the United States.The first murder trial in the United States.The first tax evasion trial in the United States.
HAMILTON: Are you aware that we’re making hist’ry? This is the first murder trial of our brand-new nation. — "Non-Stop"
Alexander HamiltonGeorge WashingtonThomas Jefferson
JEFFERSON: If New York’s in debt — why should Virginia bear it? Uh! Our debts are paid, I’m afraid. Don’t tax the South cuz we got it made in the shade. — "Cabinet Battle #1"
Aaron BurrThomas JeffersonAlexander HamiltonHercules Mulligan
HAMILTON: Sir, do you want me to run the Treasury or State department? WASHINGTON: Treasury. — "Non-Stop"
WASHINGTON: Young man, I’m from Virginia, so watch your mouth. — "Cabinet Battle #1"
Button GwinnettThomas JeffersonJames MadisonAaron Burr
JEFFERSON: There’s a letter on my desk from the President, haven’t even put my bags down yet. Sally be a lamb, darlin’, won’tcha open it? It says the President’s assembling a cabinet and that I am to be the Secretary of State, great! — "What'd I Miss"
The French plotting an invasion.Taxes being too damn high.Partisanship. You know, with two parties polarizing in opposite directions and destroying America. That's not familiar. Nope. Not at all.The Treasury was becoming too powerful and needed to be dismantled.
WASHINGTON: I want to warn against partisan fighting. — "One Last Time"
The location of the Capital.Virginia was exempt from taxes for 15 years.The University of Virginia would be created, fully funded by the federal governement.American troops would be sent to France to aid in the Revolution.
BURR: The immigrant emerges with unprecedented financial power, a system he can shape however he wants. The Virginians emerge with the nation’s Capital. — "The Room Where It Happens"
Alexander HamiltonSam AdamsJames MadisonJohn Adams
KING GEORGE: John Adams?! — "I Know Him"
It was a career defining tract on economic policy that won Hamilton the position of Secretary of the Treasury.It was a confession to adultery written by Hamilton, essentially ending his political career.It was a calculated attack on Hamilton, written by James Madison, accusing him of speculating and abusing his power.
BURR/JEFFERSON/MADISON: Alexander Hamilton had a torrid affair and he wrote it down right there. — "Reynolds Pamphlet"
George WashingtonAaron BurrThomas JeffersonJohn Adams
HAMILTON: Jefferson has my vote. — "The Election of 1800"
Alexander Hamilton v. Aaron BurrPhillip Hamilton v. George EackerAlexander Hamilton v. Thomas JeffersonJohn Laurens v. Charles Lee
Laurens v. Lee — "Stay Alive", Hamilton v. Eacker — "Blow Us All Away", Hamilton v. Burr — "Your Obedient Servant"
The Coast Guard"The New York Post"The majority of the Federalist PapersThe U.S. Postal Service
BURR: How does Hamilton, the short-tempered, protean creator of the Coast Guard, Founder of the New York Post, ardently abuse his cab’net post, destroy his reputation? — "The Adams' Administration"
How Much Did You Learn From The "Hamilton" Musical?
Ouch. Have another listen or crack open a book, 'cause ouch.
You're certainly not reading every treatise on the shelf/listening carefully. But don't worry, that's what the "repeat" button is for!
Not too bad, you've definitely picked up a few things. You're still a bit hazy on the history, though, so have another listen or three.
Not bad, not bad! And yet, me think'st thou canst glean a few more historical points from a relisten.
Very, very nice. You've gotten quite a lot of the historical details down pat.
Heck yeah, you got this. You've been listening like crazy and are soaking up the history lessons.
You must have listened to the soundtrack, like, what, 342 times? And now you're History-trash, too.
You're everyone's favorite smartass quiz-taker! Pretty impressive.
You got every question right! This means you probably listened to the soundtrack one too many times. Or maybe you read Ron Chernow's "Alexander Hamilton." Or you have a TARDIS and were totally there when it all went down. One of these, anyway.