The Ultimate Hamilton: An American Musical Quiz!

How well do you know the Broadway sensation "Hamilton: An American Musical"?

Introduction

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: An American Musical opened on Broadway in 2015 and has since become a pop culture phenomenon. It blew away all the competition at that year's Tony Awards, being nominated in 16 categories and winning 11 (including Best Musical). It even won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, being one of only nine musicals to have ever won this award. No matter how many times we see the show or listen to the soundtrack, we just can't seem to get burned out on the show; its incredible cast, witty lyrics, and emotional story keep bringing us back.

The titular Founding Father of the show, Alexander Hamilton, fulfilled many roles in his short lifetime: the United States' first Secretary of State, founder of the First National Bank and United States Coast Guard, father, husband, and soldier of the American Revolutionary War. He famously died in a duel against Aaron Burr in 1804, spurred by Hamilton's endorsement of longtime political rival Thomas Jefferson in the U.S. Presidential Election of 1800.

Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to write a musical about Hamilton after reading a biography about him by Ron Chernow. Wanting to create a modern-day musical, Miranda drew inspiration from several different musical genres—including rap, soul, and traditional show tunes—and decided to cast non-white actors for most roles; both decisions have received critical acclaim.

How well do you know Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton and the historical figure it portrays? If you've listened to the soundtrack on repeat since 2015, or have even been fortunate enough to see the musical live, this 40-question quiz should be no problem. Click "Let's Play!" to see what comes next!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton: An American Musical opened on Broadway in 2015 and has since become a pop culture phenomenon. It blew away all the competition at that year's Tony Awards, being nominated in 16 categories and winning 11 (including Best Musical). It even won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, being one of only nine musicals to have ever won this award. No matter how many times we see the show or listen to the soundtrack, we just can't seem to get burned out on the show; its incredible cast, witty lyrics, and emotional story keep bringing us back.

The titular Founding Father of the show, Alexander Hamilton, fulfilled many roles in his short lifetime: the United States' first Secretary of State, founder of the First National Bank and United States Coast Guard, father, husband, and soldier of the American Revolutionary War. He famously died in a duel against Aaron Burr in 1804, spurred by Hamilton's endorsement of longtime political rival Thomas Jefferson in the U.S. Presidential Election of 1800.

Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to write a musical about Hamilton after reading a biography about him by Ron Chernow. Wanting to create a modern-day musical, Miranda drew inspiration from several different musical genres—including rap, soul, and traditional show tunes—and decided to cast non-white actors for most roles; both decisions have received critical acclaim.

How well do you know Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton and the historical figure it portrays? If you've listened to the soundtrack on repeat since 2015, or have even been fortunate enough to see the musical live, this 40-question quiz should be no problem. Click "Let's Play!" to see what comes next!

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Can you correctly answer these 40 questions about the Broadway hit "Hamilton: An American Musical"?


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1. Who wrote Hamilton: An American Musical?


1. Who wrote <em>Hamilton: An American Musical</em>?

1. Alexander Hamilton

2. Lin-Manuel Miranda

3. Tim Rice

4. Andrew Lloyd Webber

The correct answer is Lin-Manuel Miranda. The play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for 16 Tony Awards, winning 11 (including Best Musical).



2. What monetary unit displays Hamilton's portrait?


2. What monetary unit displays Hamilton

1. The 50-cent piece

2. The $2 bill

3. The $5 bill

4. The $10 bill

The correct answer is the $10 bill. In 2015, The U.S. Treasury was going to replace Alexander Hamilton with an historical female, but due to his increased popularity, it was decided that the $20 bill would replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman.



3. Which of the following is not a role that Alexander Hamilton fulfilled?


3. Which of the following is not a role that Alexander Hamilton fulfilled?

1. First Secretary of the Treasury

2. Establisher of the First Bank of the United States

3. A Founding Fathers of the United States

4. Owner of slaves

Hamilton was not known to be a slave-owner, although he had family members who were.



4. Which music genre(s) comprise(s) Hamilton, the Broadway musical?


4. Which music genre(s) comprise(s) <em>Hamilton</em>, the Broadway musical?

1. Rap

2. Soul

3. Show tunes

4. All of these

All of these are music genres used in Hamilton. The diversity of genre and cast received critical acclaim. Miranda wanted to portray this as a modern-day musical, which includes all people, regardless of color, and many different styles of music.



5. Alexander Hamilton was an orphan from where?


5. Alexander Hamilton was an orphan from where?

1. The Caribbean

2. Russia

3. Hawaiian Islands

4. Mesopotamia

Hamilton was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis, in Charlestown.



6. Which Hamilton song includes Alexander attempting to impress his friends?


6. Which <em>Hamilton</em> song includes Alexander attempting to impress his friends?

1. "Burn"

2. "My Story of Tonight"

3. "My Shot"

4. "My Philosophy"

The correct answer is "My Shot." Lin Manuel-Miranda spent over a year writing this song.



7. Which one of these women was not one of the Schuyler Sisters?


7. Which one of these women was not one of the Schuyler Sisters?

1. Peggy

2. Eliza

3. Angelica

4. Elaine

The correct answer is Elaine. Did you know that Angelica Schuyler (Broadway actress shown here) and Thomas Jefferson had a close relationship and used to write letters to each other?



8. Hamilton accepts which position for the New Jersey and New York campaigns in the play?


8. Hamilton accepts which position for the New Jersey and New York campaigns in the play?

1. Arc de Triomphe

2. Adjutant

3. Aide-de-camp

4. Administrator

The correct answer is "aide-de-camp," also known as a "right-hand man."



9. Who does Hamilton marry?


9. Who does Hamilton marry?

1. Peggy Schuyler

2. Elisabeth Schuyler

3. Angelica Schuyler

4. Theodosia Schyuler

Hamilton marries Eliza Schuyler. Eliza should not only be known as Hamilton's wife. In the early 1800s, Eliza opened up a private orphanage in New York City, and still stands today.



10. Who is not portrayed as one of Hamilton's friends?


10. Who is not portrayed as one of Hamilton

1. Hercules Mulligan

2. John Laurens

3. Charles Lee

4. Aaron Burr

The correct answer is Charles Lee. Hamilton's friend John Laurens duels and injures Lee in "Ten Duel Commandments."



11. Which of the following battles does Hamilton not help Washington plan?


11. Which of the following battles does Hamilton not help Washington plan?

1. German Battle

2. Seige of Yorktown

3. Surrender at Yorktown

4. Battle of the Bulge

The correct answer is the Battle of the Bulge. This was a battle that occurred during World War II. The Seige of Yorktown was also known as the German Battle or Surrender at Yorktown.



12. Which of the following does Alexander Hamilton write?


12. Which of the following does Alexander Hamilton write?

1. The Declaration of Independence

2. The Federalist Papers

3. The Constitution

4. Preamble

The real Federalist Papers were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to ratify the United States Constitution, consisting of 85 articles and essays.



13. Which of Hamilton's friends was born in South Carolina?


13. Which of Hamilton

1. Hercules Mulligan

2. John Laurens

3. Charles Lee

4. Aaron Burr

The correct answer is John Laurens. Anthony Ramos was the original Broadway actor for both John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.



14. What is the name of Hamilton's first son?


14. What is the name of Hamilton

1. Adam

2. John

3. Philip

4. James

The correct answer is Philip, who dies during the song "Stay Alive." Alexander Hamilton actually had two sons named Philip.



15. The musical only mentions a few of Alexander and Eliza's kids. How many children did they have in real life?


15. The musical only mentions a few of Alexander and Eliza

1. Six

2. Eight

3. Ten

4. Twelve

Alexander and Eliza had eight children: Philip, Angelica, Alexander, Jr., James, John, William, Eliza, and Philip (the second).



16. Which song refers to Hamilton's confidant, John Laurens, dying during the Battle of the Combahee River?


16. Which song refers to Hamilton

1. "It's Quiet Uptown"

2. "Tomorrow There'll Be More of Us"

3. "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story"

4. "The World Was Wide Enough"

The correct answer is "Tomorrow There'll Be More of Us." The Battle of the Combahee River is also known as the "Pointless Battle." Only two individuals died in this battle, Laurens being one of them.



17. Which sister suppresses her feelings for Hamilton?


17. Which sister suppresses her feelings for Hamilton?

1. Peggy Schuyler

2. Eliza Schuyler

3. Angelica Schuyler

4. Elaine Schuyler

The correct answer is Angelica Schuyler. The real Angelica Schuyler was never confirmed to have romantic feelings for Alexander Hamilton, although the two did have a close friendship.



18. Who does Hamilton have an affair with?


18. Who does Hamilton have an affair with?

1. Maria Reynolds

2. Angelica Schuyler

3. Mary Rhines

4. Maria Reiner

In both the play and real life, Alexander Hamilton has/had an affair with Maria Reynolds. Jasmine Cephas Jones originated the role of both Maria Reynolds and Peggy Schuyler in the Broadway musical.



19. Who does Hamilton create the Compromise of 1790 with?


19. Who does Hamilton create the Compromise of 1790 with?

1. Washington and Burr

2. Jefferson and Burr

3. Jefferson and Madison

4. Madison and Burr

Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison create the Compromise of 1790 over a private dinner.



20. The final musical features two cabinet rap battles. How many were originally written?


20. The final musical features two cabinet rap battles. How many were originally written?

1. One

2. Two

3. Three

4. Four

The correct answer is three. Many people do not realize there was a third battle that Miranda removed from the show.



21. Which song focuses on Hamilton's inflammatory critiques of a presidential administration after being fired?


21. Which song focuses on Hamilton

1. "Burn"

2. "Blow Us All Away"

3. "Aaron Burr, Sir"

4. "The Adam's Administration"

The correct answer is "The Adam's Administration." It is the eleventh song from Act 2.



22. Who kills Philip Hamilton in a duel?


22. Who kills Philip Hamilton in a duel?

1. George Gershwin

2. George Washington

3. George III

4. George Eacker

George Eacker shoots him in the song "Blow Us All Away."



23. During which song does George Washington give his farewell address?


23. During which song does George Washington give his farewell address?

1. "One Last Time"

2. "Tomorrow There'll Be More of Us"

3. "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story"

4. "The World was Wide Enough"

The correct answer is "One Last Time." Lin-Manuel Miranda ultimately decided not to include a scene featuring Washington's death in the play as it would feel redundant since this song was already dedicated to him.



24. Who does Hamilton endorse in "The Election of 1800"?


24. Who does Hamilton endorse in "The Election of 1800"?

1. Thomas Jefferson

2. John Adams

3. Aaron Burr

4. James Madison

The correct answer is Thomas Jefferson, originally portrayed on Broadway by Daveed Diggs. This endorsement leads to the fatal duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.



25. Which song shows Burr lamenting Hamilton's death?


25. Which song shows Burr lamenting Hamilton

1. "One Last Time"

2. "Tomorrow There'll Be More of Us"

3. "The World Was Wide Enough"

4. "Your Obedient Servant"

The correct answer is "The World Was Wide Enough." Lin-Manuel Miranda debated whether he should play Alexander Hamilton or Aaron Burr in the show. He ultimately chose the titular Hamilton.



26. The musical Hamilton is based on the biography of Alexander Hamilton by which historian?


26. The musical <em>Hamilton</em> is based on the biography of Alexander Hamilton by which historian?

1. Ron Chernow

2. Thomas Kail

3. Alex Lacamoire

4. Christopher Jackson

The correct answer is Ron Chernow, who later became a consultant for the musical.



27. Who is ultimately remembered as Hamilton's archenemy?


27. Who is ultimately remembered as Hamilton

1. John Laurens

2. Aaron Burr

3. George Washington

4. Hercules Mulligan

The correct answer is Aaron Burr. Miranda read The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr by H.W. Brands as a means to develop his character.



28. Which of the following is not a song featured in this musical?


28. Which of the following is not a song featured in this musical?

1. "Ten Duel Commandments"

2. "You'll Be Back"

3. "Crisis"

4. "Satisfied"

The correct answer is "Crisis." Did you know that "Cabinet Battle #2" references "Juicy (It's All Good)"?



29. What year did the musical open on Broadway?


29. What year did the musical open on Broadway?

1. 2014

2. 2015

3. 2016

4. 2017

It opened in 2015 and brought in $30 million before its official opening.



30. Hamilton can fit a lot of words into its 2.5-hour run due to its fast rap style. How many words are in the show?


30. <em>Hamilton</em> can fit a lot of words into its 2.5-hour run due to its fast rap style. How many words are in the show?

1. 10,000

2. 20,000

3. 30,000

4. 40,000

The show is currently 2.5 hours long with about 20,000 words. If it were any other Broadway show (un-rapped), it would take about 4-6 hours!



31. What did Hamilton start out as?


31. What did <em>Hamilton</em> start out as?

1. A mixtape

2. A musical

3. An opera

4. A monologue

Lin-Manuel Miranda began a project called The Hamilton Mixtape in 2009; it evolved into the musical and was later released as its own work in 2016, including pieces present in the musical and deleted songs.



32. What is the first song in the musical?


32. What is the first song in the musical?

1. "My Shot"

2. "Alexander Hamilton"

3. "Aaron Burr, Sir"

4. "Blow Us All Away"

"Alexander Hamilton" is the first song in the musical Hamilton: An American Musical, featuring the entire cast, except for King George III.



33. How long did it take Lin-Manuel Miranda to create each of his first two songs for Hamilton?


33. How long did it take Lin-Manuel Miranda to create each of his first two songs for <em>Hamilton</em>?

1. 20 minutes

2. 1 hour

3. 6 months

4. 1 year

The correct answer is 1 year. Miranda was riding the subway to a party when a lyric came to mind. He began to write "Wait for It," leaving the party after 15 minutes and writing the rest of the song on the way back home.



34. Hamilton is dressed in which color, as per Lin-Manuel Miranda's request?


34. Hamilton is dressed in which color, as per Lin-Manuel Miranda

1. Red

2. Blue

3. Green

4. White

Hamilton is dressed in green. That walls of Hamilton's study at Hamilton Grange are green, so Miranda thought it was only appropriate to dress his character in this color.



35. What is the name of Aaron Burr's daughter?


35. What is the name of Aaron Burr

1. Tabatha

2. Theodora

3. Theodosia

4. Thomasina

The correct answer is Theodosia, introduced in the song "Dear Theodosia."



36. Like other Broadway musicals, Hamilton offers a lottery before the show. What is this called?


36. Like other Broadway musicals, <em>Hamilton</em> offers a lottery before the show. What is this called?

1. Ham4Ham

2. Tea4Two

3. Me4You

4. Luck4Who

The correct answer is Ham4Ham. Miranda will sometimes put on a show outdoors for those individuals who do not win the lottery, since he does not feel it is fair that they have to wait so long and walk away with nothing.



37. Who starred as the first Alexander Hamilton (off-Broadway)?


37. Who starred as the first Alexander Hamilton (off-Broadway)?

1. Michael Luwoye

2. Miguel Cervantes

3. Lin-Manuel Miranda

4. Joseph Morales

The correct answer is Lin-Manuel Miranda. Besides Hamilton, Miranda is also known for creating (and starring in) In the Heights, another popular Broadway musical.



38. Where was the first Broadway production of Hamilton held?


38. Where was the first Broadway production of <em>Hamilton</em> held?

1. The Public Theatre

2. The Richard Rodgers Theatre

3. The CIBC Theatre

4. Victoria Palace Theatre

The correct answer the Richard Rodgers Theatre, located at 226 West 46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue.



39. When was the song "You'll Be Back" written?


39. When was the song "You

1. During a subway ride to a party

2. During a walk to a restaurant

3. During Lin-Manuel Miranda's honeymoon

4. During the production of another musical

The correct answer is during Lin-Manuel Miranda's honeymoon. This song is a throwback to the style of 1960s British Invasion bands.



40. Where was the song "Wait for It" written?


40. Where was the song "Wait for It" written?

1. On the subway

2. In a hospital waiting room

3. On the way to a restaurant

4. In Lin-Manuel Miranda's house

It was written on the subway. Miranda was hit with inspiration for the song on the way to a party and began to write it on the subway, finishing it on the ride back home.




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