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Quiz: Are you an Alexander or an Aaron?

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JULY 04, 2016

The Broadway smash hit musical “Hamilton” has officially swept the nation. In wake of its 11 Tony Award wins and its record-breaking 16 nominations, this production has ushered in a new era of not just theater but also education. In order to commemorate the Fourth of July, we at the Clog would like to recognize this musical that highlights key moments in our nation’s founding and has actually brought some life to the repetitive American history we have been learning about since fifth grade. Even though this musical is historical both in what it’s doing for theater and in its content, we would like to focus on the important questions. Are you an Alexander Hamilton or an Aaron Burr, sir?


  1. How do you prefer to be addressed?
    1. First name, last name and a formality (i.e. ma’am, miss, mister, sir).
    2. Last name only. Also, don’t call me “son.”
  2. How do you express your opinions?
    1. I talk less, smile more.
    2. Give me a position, show me where the ammunition is!
  3. How would you describe yourself?
    1. That depends on who’s asking.
    2. Young, scrappy and hungry!
  4. An unbelievable opportunity falls into your lap, what do you do?
    1. I’m willing to wait for it.
    2. I’m not throwing away my shot!
  5. A position at work opens up that you really want and feel well qualified for, but taking it would require you to change your stances on certain issues. What do you do?
    1. Take it! I’ll change parties to seize the opportunity I see.
    2. Stick to your guns. If you stand for nothing, what’ll you fall for?
  6. You see someone attractive, but they don’t look like they belong with the crowd you’re used to seeing. What do you say to them?
    1. You searchin’ for an urchin who can give you ideals?
    2. If it takes fighting a war for us to meet, it will have been worth it.
  7. How do you feel about being involved in drama in your friend group?
    1. I want to be in the room where it happens, but observing from afar.
    2. The conflict is probably mine. If you got skin in the game, you stay in the game.
  8. What kind of lawyer would you be?
    1. Succinct and persuasive
    2. I would talk too much and be abrasive — whoops.
  9. One of your greatest friends is also your greatest enemy. When they upset you, what do you say to them?
    1. I am slow to anger, but you need an answer for the accusations I lay at your feet or prepare to bleed, good man.
    2. I won’t apologize for doing what’s right.
    1. Conservative and calculated, you embody Aaron Burr, sir. You believe it is better to keep your strong opinions to yourself and to wait through trials and tribulations. While your cautious nature may cause you to lose some opportunities, you tend to be impulsive when it comes to your honor, which makes you a lot more like your friend Hamilton than you would care to admit. Patience and morality will be your greatest assets.
    2. You are non-stop! Definitely a Hamilton, you have drive, ambition and are willing to work for what you think is right. While your impulsive nature might lead you into trouble, you’re not afraid to say what you think, even if it might destroy some of your relationships. You are not willing to wait around, you write like you’re running out of time and you know the history books will have your name.


Contact Gillian Perry at [email protected].

JULY 04, 2016