Buddenbrooks Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Johann Buddenbrook describe the way he acquired Buddenbrook home?

Johann Buddenbrook's firm acquired the Buddenbrook home when the previous owner made several bad business investments and decisions and could no longer afford the house. Because of this, Buddenbrook was able to purchase the house cheaply.

2. In "Part I," what types of guests come to Buddenbrook home from dinner?

The Buddenbrook family all comes for dinner at the Buddenbrook house. In addition to this, a poet, a doctor, a pastor, businessmen and other prominent citizens come for dinner.

3. What does Gotthold demand in a letter in "Part I"?

Gotthold demands one-third of the money from the house in a letter to his half-brother, the Consul. He feels he is entitled to this money by birthright.

4. In "Part I," how do the Buddenbrook guests feel about Napoleon?

The guests at the Buddenbrook home discuss Napoleon. The older generation remembers the war, the Buddenbrooks even help house French soldiers, and they believe that Napoleon was a great man even if he was an enemy of Germany. The younger generation believes that Napoleon was a butcher and doesn't deserve any attention or awe.

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