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How Much Did You Learn From The "Hamilton" Musical?

There are things AP U.S. History won't teach ya.

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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.

Gmorning. Today the 1st generation of kids for whom Hamilton exists take the AP US History exam. I've done all I can do to help. G'luck!

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.)

  1. Where was Alexander Hamilton from?

    Joan Marcus
    Scotland
    New York
    The Caribbean
    France
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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"

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  2. Who joined Lafayette in supporting the Revolutionary Army at the Battle of Yorktown?

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    Durand
    Bonaparte
    Moreau
    Rochambeau
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    WASHINGTON: We rendezvous with Rochambeau, consolidate their gifts. — "Guns and Ships"

  3. What was Lafayette promised in return for his aid?

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    The territory that would become Louisiana.
    Aid when France revolted.
    A position in the newly formed government.
    An island off the coast of MA.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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"

  4. How many troops did British Admiral Howe have in New York Harbor?

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    3,250
    11,000
    32,000
    45,000
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    COMPANY: Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor. — "Right Hand Man"

  5. Who won the Battle of Brooklyn?

    Joan Marcus
    The Continental Army
    The British
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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"

  6. Who is second-in-command of the Continental Army at the Battle of Monmouth?

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    Alexander Hamilton
    Aaron Burr
    Charles Lee
    Charles Cornwallis
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    HAMILTON: Instead of me, he promotes Charles Lee, makes him second-in-command. — "Stay Alive"

  7. How does the Battle of Monmouth go down?

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    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.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    LAURENS: A thousand soldiers die in a hundred-degree heat. LAFAYETTE: As we snatch a stalemate from the jaws of defeat. — "Stay Alive"

  8. What was Hercules Mulligan's main role in the American Revolution?

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    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.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    MULLIGAN: A tailor spyin’ on the British government! I take their measurements, information and then I smuggle it. — "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)"

  9. In what year did the Battle of Yorktown take place?

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    1776
    1781
    1785
    1789
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    COMPANY: The Battle of Yorktown. 1781. — "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)"

  10. What did Samuel Seabury write?

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    "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.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    SEABURY: "Hear ye, hear ye! My name is Samuel Seabury, and I present free thoughts on the proceedings of the Continental Congress!"

  11. What were the Federalist Papers?

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    Essays defending the U.S. Constitution.
    Pamphlets dissing the federal government.
    A group of documents detailing a conspiracy to destroy the U.S. Treasury.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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"

  12. Where was Thomas Jefferson during the second half of the 1780s?

    Joan Marcus
    Boston, MA
    Paris, France
    London, England
    Richmond, VA
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    JEFFERSON: I’ve been in Paris meeting lots of different ladies. I guess I basic’lly missed the late eighties. — "What'd I Miss?"

  13. Who was Aaron Burr's somewhat problematic love interest?

    Joan Marcus
    Alexander Hamilton
    John Laurens
    Eliza Schuyler
    Theodosia Prevost
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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"

  14. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr worked as lawyers on which monumental case?

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    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.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    HAMILTON: Are you aware that we’re making hist’ry? This is the first murder trial of our brand-new nation. — "Non-Stop"

  15. Which of these Founding Fathers was vehemently against assuming state debt?

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    Alexander Hamilton
    George Washington
    Thomas Jefferson
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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"

  16. Who was the First Treasury Secretary of the United States?

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    Aaron Burr
    Thomas Jefferson
    Alexander Hamilton
    Hercules Mulligan
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    HAMILTON: Sir, do you want me to run the Treasury or State department? WASHINGTON: Treasury. — "Non-Stop"

  17. Where was George Washington from?

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    England
    New York
    Massachusetts
    Virginia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    WASHINGTON: Young man, I’m from Virginia, so watch your mouth. — "Cabinet Battle #1"

  18. Who was the First Secretary of State of the United States?

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    Button Gwinnett
    Thomas Jefferson
    James Madison
    Aaron Burr
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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"

  19. When he retired, what was one of the things George Washington warned America about?

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    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.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    WASHINGTON: I want to warn against partisan fighting. — "One Last Time"

  20. What did Hamilton trade Jefferson and Madison for approval of his financial plan?

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    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.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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"

  21. After Washington retired, who was elected the second President of the United States?

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    Alexander Hamilton
    Sam Adams
    James Madison
    John Adams
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    KING GEORGE: John Adams?! — "I Know Him"

  22. What was the Reynolds Pamphlet and what was its effect on Alexander Hamilton?

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    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.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    BURR/JEFFERSON/MADISON: Alexander Hamilton had a torrid affair and he wrote it down right there. — "Reynolds Pamphlet"

  23. Who did Alexander Hamilton endorse in the election of 1800?

    Joan Marcus
    George Washington
    Aaron Burr
    Thomas Jefferson
    John Adams
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    HAMILTON: Jefferson has my vote. — "The Election of 1800"

  24. Which duel did not take place?

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    Alexander Hamilton v. Aaron Burr
    Phillip Hamilton v. George Eacker
    Alexander Hamilton v. Thomas Jefferson
    John Laurens v. Charles Lee
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Laurens v. Lee — "Stay Alive", Hamilton v. Eacker — "Blow Us All Away", Hamilton v. Burr — "Your Obedient Servant"

  25. For which of the following was Alexander Hamilton NOT credited?

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    The Coast Guard
    "The New York Post"
    The majority of the Federalist Papers
    The U.S. Postal Service
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    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?

What'd you miss? Everything!

Wow.

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"Damn, you’re in worse shape than the national debt is in"

Ouch. Have another listen or crack open a book, 'cause ouch.

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History has its eyes on you and they are judgy eyes of judgment that are judging you

You're certainly not reading every treatise on the shelf/listening carefully. But don't worry, that's what the "repeat" button is for!

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Awesome. Wow

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.

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You're not throwing away your shot

Not bad, not bad! And yet, me think'st thou canst glean a few more historical points from a relisten.

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You must have been in the room where it happened

Very, very nice. You've gotten quite a lot of the historical details down pat.

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I won't be shocked when my hist’ry book mentions you

Heck yeah, you got this. You've been listening like crazy and are soaking up the history lessons.

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You're officially Hamil-trash

You must have listened to the soundtrack, like, what, 342 times? And now you're History-trash, too.

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You make the grade curve panicky

You're everyone's favorite smartass quiz-taker! Pretty impressive.

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You're ready to tell the story

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.

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