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The American Success Story of Alexander Hamilton and Diligence

45 min

Walk-In-The-Shoes Questions
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.

  • What challenges are you facing?
  • What fears or concerns might you have?
  • What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?

Observation Questions

  • How did Alexander Hamilton’s diligence advance the freedom of himself and others?
  • What was Hamilton’s identity as a child? As a young man? As a student? As a member of the Continental Army? As a Founder?
  • What was Hamilton’s purpose at the different stages of his life? How did that affect his diligence?
  • Hamilton faced many difficulties throughout his life. How did his diligence help to define his performance in each role he had throughout life?
  • What is the link between Hamilton’s identity and purpose throughout his life?

Discussion Questions
Discuss the following questions with your students.

  • What is the historical context of the narrative?
  • What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
  • How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
  • How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
  • How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
  • What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
  • Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
  • How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
  • Understand the definition of diligence and the importance of being diligent in one’s life.
  • Examine how Alexander Hamilton acted diligently during each period of his life.
  • Discuss ways in which they can act diligently in their own lives.
  • Apply knowledge of diligence and examples of diligent behavior in creating a plan for acting diligently in their own lives.

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