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Feats of Weakness 2: Weak Harder The Ill-Formed Offspring of Auroni Gupta’s Feeble Brain Round 1 - bet 4

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The organizers of an artistic prize in this country fucked up badly when they specified that they could modify any entry, resulting in a collective of artists boycotting the event and publishing the manifesto “We Must Always Resist the Allures of Complicity.” A humorist from this country collaborated on the

Brutoski Medicinal Handbook

, and collapsed his first and last name into the pen-name (+)

Oski. One of the most famous photographers to work in this country, known for her nudes, was Annemarie Heinrich. A painter from this country depicted the space race in her

Space Series

, and along with a guy who painted a fetus rising from a burning corpse, was part of the Florida group that met in a confectionary here. An opera from this country focuses on a woman “who was born when God was drunk,” who interacts with three Construction Worker Magi and Women Who Knead Pasta and haunts a city where she formerly worked as a streetwalker. An art form unique to this country was popularized by (*)

Rudolph Valentino in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and was mixed with jazz and classical music by Astor Piazzola. For 10 points, name this country, birthplace of the tango.




One author from this country wrote about a religious community that takes a hapless Christian egg seller with them to exile in the city of Belgrade. An author from this country wrote a novel structured as a series of dialogues between an abbot of a monastery that was built at the site of the landing of Noah’s Ark and his disciples. Another author who was born in this country wrote about an entomologist who deals with the consequences of a drug marketed to parents who only want sons, in his novel

The First Century After Beatrice

, and described an illegitimate son of a man cursed with white hair contend with the disappearing way of life in his mountain village in

The (+)

Rock of Tanios

, for which he won the Prix Goncourt. This home of the part-Russian author Mikhail Naima was ravaged by a war described in the debut novel

A Girl Made of Dust

. This country was the birthplace of a French author who wrote historical novels like

Leo Africanus



. A caged sparrow says “Good morrow to thee, brother prisoner” to a caged lion, and the ear, the hand, and the nose reproach an eye for seeing a beautiful mountain which they themselves cannot perceive in a posthumously published book of parables by an author from this country,

The (*)

Madman. The most famous author from this country wrote “The Pity of the Nation” in a sequel titled The Garden of his most famous work, which is about Almustafa’s return from the city of Orphalese. For 10 points, name this home country of the author of The Prophet, Khalil Gibran.




One artist from this modern-day country often appeared before audiences and tattooed the number “4711” onto her thigh. A more famous artist from this country collected 4000 wishes for the future and stiched them all into a 460 meter track, which she then placed along a maintenance tunnel. Two artists from this country, who often put banana skins and fish on their heads, claim to have landed their (+)

time machines before a major historical event and to be between male and female, and appear in public with an identical appearance complete with bald heads. Another artist who was born in this country dressed as a businesswoman, squeezed eggs from her vagina, and tossed them at the camera in her performance work “Expectations” and collaborated with female artists for projects like

Heads and Tales

and SKIN. A male artist from this country breathed in and out of a tube connecting his mouth to his lover’s until they both passed out, drove his car for 365 laps inside a museum, and ended his relationship with that lover by meeting in the middle of the Great Wall of China. This country was home to the (*)

boyfriend of Marina Abramovic, Ulay, as well as an artist who covered a piano with a red cross to protest the thalidomide birth defects, came up with the idea of “social sculptures,” and covered himself in felt while in a room with a coyote for his piece “I Like America and America Likes Me.” For 10 points, name this home country of dead hare fan Joseph Beuys.




A mystic from this country is represented in art alongside a red hind who saved her from being raped. One theologian from this country coined the term “Christus victor,” which refers to the idea that by dying Christ vanquished the powers of evil, and that man’s comrade disavowed the first title form of love while praising the second in his treatise

Eros and Agape

. A tradition similar to trick-o-treating happens on (+)

Holy Thursday in this country because Christians accommodated the pagan belief that witches flew to commune with the devil on that day. Hungry villagers in this country were fed by a woman who found her way through darkness by wearing a crown ringed with seven candles. The patron saint of this country founded an (*)

order of nuns that wears the Crown of the Five Holy Wounds, and came up with the “15 O” Our Father and Hail Mary prayers. For 10 points, name this country, home to the largest Lutheran church in the world, whose patron saint is Bridget.  




When a local entrepreneur in this country, D. B. Curry, started making candy bars here, the Cadbury company responded by flooding the market with cheap chocolates to put him out of business. The sizable Lebanese population in this country was targeted in 1919 riots blaming them for a rice shortage, and further shot themselves in the foot by lending credit to local farmers at exorbitant rates. Two separate (+)

chiefs in this country rebelled against the collection of the hut tax in this country, resulting in the Hut Tax War of 1898. As part of his effort to reform women’s health, the first prime minister of this country himself authored a manual on midwifery, and upon dying in office was succeeded by his brother Albert. This country became a one-party state under the All People’s Congress under the leadership of Siaka Stevens. In Operation Palliser, British paratroopers were deployed to this country to evacuate foreign nationals during an injurious civil war in which the private military company Executive Outcomes wreaked havoc and had to be dealt with via the (*)

Abidjan Accord. That war started here as the Revolutionary United Front’s attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government, with the support of Charles Taylor. For 10 points, name this African country currently led by Ernest Koroma, which was once the colony of Freetown.


Sierra Leone


A popular joke in this country involves one stranded fisherman telling another that “my pastor will find us since I pay over 50000” of the currency here “as a tithe.” A sculpture garden in this country’s capital includes a scary statue of an angry baby and a 14-meter high sculpture of 121 human figures, known simply as “The (+)

Monolith.” Apparently, parents bringing children to evening social gatherings in this country is perceived as a form of neglect and child abuse. An awesome custom from this country that’s baffling to dumb people is that sandwiches and burgers are eaten here with knife and fork. A form of decorative folk art involving floral ornamentation painted on wood, named rosemaling, originated in this country. An underground cavern in an island belonging to this country is the headquarters of an initiative started by conservationist Cary Fowler. An open-air museum in this country features unusual geometric carvings among depictions, in red, of hunts and mundane Paleolithic life, and is located at (*)

Alta. This home of the Global Seed Vault is home to a delectable kind of waffle cookie known as “Krumkake,” as well as a crime against humanity involving salted cod steeped in lye. For 10 points, name this country, home to lutefisk and fjords.




Hugo gets a cross hung around in his neck by Mariana near the end of a novel set in a brothel known as “The Residence” in this present-day country. A character with the first and middle names Something Something, a noted “sheep loser,” is one of the victims of a 200-year curse of stupid suffered by a village in this present-day country in (+)

Neil Simon’s play


. A character from this country gets laid a lot because women find his lame arm attractive and think that he’s long-lasting due to his inability to have an orgasm. This setting of Aharon Appelfeld’s novel

Blooms of Darkness

is home to a taxi driver who commandeers a vehicle known as the “Wildebeest,” who aids the protagonist in making contact with an underground millionaire named Alexandr Koreiko, after which that protagonist himself becomes a millionaire. Armed with a photograph of a woman named Augustine, the protagonist of one novel travels to this country, the setting of

The Little Golden Calf

, with the guide dog Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. and his blind grandfather in an attempt to find information about his ancestor in (*)

Trachimbrod. In a nationalist novel set in this country, a young man gives loafs of bread to a starving Tatar girl and her mother, an action for which he is murdered by his father, the Cossack title character. For 10 points, name this setting of Everything is Illuminated and Taras Bulba, which was written by native author Nikolai Gogol.




This modern-day country venerated a deity who spends most of the year underground, protecting roots and springs, until he bursts forth one day to herald in the summer season. A religious text from this country relates how a man was damned to hell for eating while he chewed, thereby profaning the personifications of food and drink. People from this country believed that rainfall was brought forth when a white (+)

horse prevailed in battle over a black horse, overcoming a handicap caused by insufficient prayers and sacrifices from humanity. In order to account for the drift caused by a 365-day calendar developed in this country being out of sync with the solar year, a religious text in this country advocated adding a leap-month every 120 years. According to this country’s religious tradition, a prophet preserved his seed in a lake that three maidens were impregnated with while bathing, resulting in the birth of three (*)

saviors 1000 years apart. All of humanity will be required to wade through a river, which will either be warm milk or molten metal depending on the person’s sins, in the end-time prophesied by a native religion of this country, which translates to “making wonderful,” or Frashokereti. For 10 points, name this country where the prophet Zoroaster was born.




A terre-plein platform known as “Falbe’s quadrilateral” was located on a weak point in a city in this present-day country.  A senator once claimed that it took him three days to bring a fresh basket of figs from this country. A military expedition against a foreign power who had besieged the town of (+)

Oroscopa precipitated a war that mostly took place here, in which cavalry surprised and killed around 500 men near a lake here, who were collecting timber under the orders of Manlius Manilius. A language primarily spoken in this modern-day country is preserved in the fifth act of a Plautus play about a “puny” merchant. Corculum was seen as a great advocate of this country, where the fortress of Nepheris was the site of both a crushing Roman defeat and later a victory won by a commander who bailed out four legions in a ravine. A woman from this country went up to the rampart to denounce her turncoat husband, the Boetharch, then led her two children and herself to a gigantic (*)

funeral pyre. A victorious commander in this country reportedly began weeping, reciting a line from Homer’s Iliad about the destruction of Troy, after winning a three-year siege of its capital. For 10 points, name this country where Scipio Aemilianus probably didn’t have salt sown over the ruins of Carthage at the end of the Third Punic War.




A female composer from this country produced a

Nocturne for Four Voices

, and, in what is perhaps an inversion of Dvorak, composed a work titled

Songs My Father Taught Me

. One composer from this country expanded his E-flat piano sonata into his first symphony and unusually used organs only for their pedals in his second. A composer from this country created a piece in which an actor (+)

smashes up a violin and everyone is placed on stage in birdcages, a monodrama in which six players play tunes that had been taught, centuries before, to bullfinches from here. Another composer from this country crafted a


which isn’t really a


at all, but instead depicts a group of children dancing around a chosen girl in order to ward off spirits. That composer is best known for a piece with a delightful eighth movement titled “The Vomiting,” a cantata about Jonah and the Whale, and for a musical elegy with lyrics by an Orthodox nun in memory of an actress who was killed in a cycling accident. An offstage piano plays a transcription of Albeniz’s

Tango in D

in a symphony inspired by the AIDS memorial quilt by a composer from this country, who is better known for an opera in which (*)

Beaumarchais composes an opera to cheer up the deceased Marie Antoinette. For 10 points, name this country, whose modern composers include the late John Tavener and John Corigliano.



[or the


, whatever]


A prince of this modern-day country produced an eminently agreeable treatise subtitled “Or, the Quarrel of the Wise Man with the World.” At one point, this country was home to insurgent units like the “Sword of Justice” and the “Black Army.” Isidor Cantor was one of the architects of a republic that governed this modern-day country, where a periodical called

The Voice

, written in its native script, was smuggled in from abroad. A medical graduate named Elena (+)

Alistar tirelessly campaigned for women’s rights in this country. Agricultural production was kicked into overdrive during this country’s namesake “experiment,” which occurred under the watch of Ivan Bodiul. This is the smaller of the two countries that bore the brunt of the Jehovah’s Witnesses deportations carried out according to Operation North. After a girl in this country killed herself in a Jewish hospital, its capital was targeted by a horrific (*)

pogrom that started on Easter Sunday, 1903. In one election from this country, Petru Lucinschi upset the incumbent first president Mircea Snegur, who won an inconclusive victory in the war to prevent Transnistria from breaking away. For 10 points, name this country that switched back to the Latin alphabet in 1991 when it declared independence, which is culturally similar to Romania.




A poet from this country wrote “What is each ringlet of your golden hair when weighed against that poverty and fear which Europe’s people bear and must still bear” in “The Cry of Europe.” A sour poet from this country wrote a poem called “[this country] 1941,” in which he dismissed its two most famous authors as “sham bards of a sham nation.” A more famous writer often lifted passages from dictionaries to produce found poems using a so-called (+)

“synthetic” version of a dialect spoken here. What passes for this country’s version of


is a ridiculous modernist poem that culminates in the “Great Wheel” section, and is loosely about the husband of Jean, who leaves a bar and talks to a plant. The author of “A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle” was a leading light in this country’s literary renaissance, though not as famous as an author who wrote about a thalidomide victim’s quest to get revenge on the drug’s marketing director in one of three stories in (*)

Ecstasy or an author who was Booker-shortlisted for The Public Image and Loitering With Intent. This country’s vernacular was heavily used in a novel about heroin users, but not as much in a book about a fascist teacher in a school for girls. For 10 points, name this country, home to Hugh MacDiarmid, Irvine Welsh, and Muriel Spark.



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A politician from this country wrote a trilogy consisting of

Acts of Faith


Days of Despair

, and

The Limits of Love

. A boy has a forbidden romance with a poor girl in “Elsewhere: Something Like a Love Story,” a story by a filmmaker from this country best known for his adorable novel about a boy who goes to his family’s abandoned home to look for his (+)


Bringing Tony Back

. Another author from this country fictionalized his parents as Sonnaboy and Beryl, and portrayed the Japanese bombardment, in his

Jam Fruit Tree

. A better-known author from here wrote a novel examining the intertwined stories of a married aristocrat’s memory of his English lover Richard and a schoolteacher’s attempt to resist being married off by her family, both of whom live in the affluent Cinnamon Gardens community, but is better known for a collection of linked stories, including one about Daryl Uncle’s return from Australia titled “See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” that relate the coming of age of the homosexual Arjie, titled

Funny Boy

. Among the winners of this country’s Gratiaen Prize is Carl Muller, who wrote about the (*)

Burgher minority here. A popular modern novel from this country is about an alcoholic cricket player, titled Chinaman. An author who was born in this country wrote about a forensic pathologist who finds a skeleton named Sailor in Anil’s Ghost, but is best known for his book about a Hungarian who is burned beyond recognition. For 10 points, name this country of origin of the Canadian author of The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje.


Sri Lanka





This country’s indigenous population was mobilized into a guerrilla force by Steadman Fagoth, and massacred several of its soldiers during “Red December.” In this country, unknown gunmen used shotguns to murder a journalist who edited an opposition paper imaginatively named

The Press

; the (+)

widow of that journalist later became president of this country. American documentary filmmaker Lee Shapiro produced a propaganda film titled

[This country] Was Our Home

, in which he detailed the persecution of the Miskito people here in the 1980s. Baseball star Roberto Clemente died on board a flight intended to offer relief to victims of a natural disaster that struck this country. Women in this country were encouraged to participate politically by the AMPRONAC, which later renamed itself in honor of the deceased Luisa Amanda Espinoza. A Maryknoll priest named Miguel Brockmann was one of the “Group of Twelve” that voiced support for revolutionaries in this country, who were commonly referred to as (*)

“muchachos.” A fairly successful literacy campaign was set up by those revolutionaries, who considered as their godfather a former librarian named Carlos Fonseca. For 10 points, identify this country where Anastasio Somoza was overthrown by the Sandinistas.  




A poet from this country changed his name to the word for the mountain heather flower in his country’s language and wrote a collection called

The Other Book of Job

, but is best-remembered for his 11-volume Diary. Another poet from this country wrote a poem most high school quizbowlers would approve of, beginning “Lord free us from the dangerous game of transparency.” A different poet from this country wrote a poem beginning “If you want to kill yourself, how come you don’t want to kill yourself?” Besides the quarter-Danish poet Sophie (+)

Andersen, this country produced a poet who declared “I was born to live beyond life” and showed that his priorities were in order by dedicating his collection


“to a tree and to my sister Maria.” Another poet from this country dreamed up a utopia called Cosmopolis in his notebooks, and declared that though “old and enormous are the stars” and “old and small is the heart,” the heart “holds more than all the stars,” being “greater than the vast expanse. That most famous poet from here produced the collection

The Keeper of Sheep

, and declared that though “I am nothing,” I “have in me all the dreams of the world,” in his “The (*)

Tobacco Shop,” found in his collection Mensagem, though he is most famous for his “factless autobiography” The Book of Disquiet. For 10 points, name this country, home to the heteronym-happy Fernando Pessoa.




Scientists from this country developed instruments that measure carbon monoxide levels and spectrally dispersed sunlight in the upper troposphere, named MOPITT and OSIRIS, for international satellite projects. An Icelandic immigrant to this country, Bjarni Tryggvason, took part in the STS-85 flight. Solar storms are being studied by the e-POP payload of the latest satellite launched by this country, (+)

CASSIOPE. Another 2013 satellite from this country, the Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite, is looking for interior-to-Earth asteroids. With the release of ANIK-1 in 1972, this country became the first in the world to establish a geostationary communication satellite network. This country’s department of communications won an Emmy award for its Hermes CTS program, which was able to broadcast (*)

sporting coverage to diplomats in Peru, a milestone in developing direct broadcast TV satellite technology. This country designed the popular Black Brant sounding rockets, and made its first forays into space with Alouette 1 and 2. For 10 points, name this country whose space agency was founded in 1989 and is headquartered at John H. Chapman Space Centre in Quebec.




Sadly, not much information is available on the internet about an author from this country who wrote the experimental book

How ‘Bout a Fight?

An author who was born in this country wrote an awesome book in which the orphaned Saru takes care of a cat creatively-named Neko, until he is called upon by a samurai to rescue his wife, who is being held hostage in a castle. A psychologist from this country wrote a cute story in which a boy who is fed up with grownups takes advantage of their sudden disappearance by eating a bunch of candy, but eventually begins to miss his family. The main characters of another book from here befriend a young (+)

German boy on an operation to blow up some railroad tracks. Those books,

Paul Alone in the World


The Boys from St. Petri

, were written about a generation before the biggest modern non-highbrow book from this country, in which the water surrounding a meteorite is infected by a lethal parasite that kills Isaiah’s father. In that book, the half- (*)

Inuit protagonist has the title supernatural ability. Another author from this country wrote stories like “The Princess and the Pea.” For 10 points, name this home country of Smilla’s Sense of Snow author Peter Hoeg as well as the guy who wrote about Thumbelina and the Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian Andersen.




A disgraced princess of this country was separated from her husband after lying about her pregnancy and being caught sleeping with one of her palace maids. One leader of this country was presented with a handerchief soaked in the blood vomited by his true mother as she died from poisoning, killing the two concubines who were responsible, and was once slandered by a phrase spelled out on (+)

sugar trails on leaves that were then eaten by caterpillars. That tyrant and his immediate successors fucked up this country’s learning in the sixteenth century by carrying out four literati purges. The author of the

Draft for the Country’s Rites


Design for Good Government

was an advocate for the “practical learning” social movement in this country; that man’s father dealt with a crazy prince who liked to kill people at random by administering some practical learning of his own, namely the value of oxygen, by sealing him in a large wooden chest on a hot day. This country is home to a collection of the (*)

Tripitaka which was flawlessly carved onto 81,258 wooden printing blocks. The Imo incident was a mutiny during the reign of a queen of this country, who sent a mission to the United States and was killed by sword-bearing assassins who later charred her corpse. Centuries before this country became a “hermit kingdom,” one of its admirals was using turtle ships and one of its kings was inventing its alphabet, hangul. For 10 points, identify this country, long-ruled by the Choson Dynasty.



[accept either South or North]


Two chemists born in this modern-day country stimulated hexachloroplatinate and then added them to arenes to metalate them. The formose reaction, which makes sugars from formaldehyde, was discovered by a chemist from this country who incorporated double bonds into structural formulas. A pentadienyl and oxyallyl cation are used as intermediates in a reaction by an organic chemist from this country, which converts (+)

divinyl ketones into cyclopentenones. One chemist from this country got terminal alkynes with acidic protons to attack carbonyl groups in the presence of a strong base. A popular graphic involving what can be best described as a petri dish on acid is a visualization of a reaction discovered by two chemists from here, who discovered that by mixing cerium (IV) sulfate and a bunch of stuff in dilute sulfuric acid, you can get a chemical oscillator. In another reaction by a previously mentioned chemist, an alpha-halo ketone or cyclopropanone is converted into a carboxylic acid, sometimes by ring contraction. An earlier chemist from this country coined the term (*)

“physical chemistry” and put the final nail in the coffin of the phlogiston theory. The more famous co-discoverer of the aldol reaction was a composer from this country. For 10 points, name this country whose chemists include the inventor of the periodic table, Dmitri Mendeleev.




A title track of a skinhead album with this country as its title references Germany’s victory in the World Cup, making it popular with dipshit fans of Germany’s soccer team. During Auroni’s angsty teenage years, he appreciated an awful Rammstein song in which “the finger slips to [this country] / then down it sinks into the sea.” Another song with this country in the title describes “Bob Dylan on a (+)

motor scooter” and refrains “We love him.” A better song with this country in the title repeats “You only think about yourself…” four times. A song with this country as the title can be found on the album

Weird Revolution

by the Butthole Surfers and the album

Morning View

by Incubus. A song whose title references this country describes a “cat named Joe” who “wears a purple sash and a black moustache” at a “honky tonk.” Probably the most famous song with this country as the title mentions that “there were half a million people on the lawn / And we sang to their faces in the dawn,” and says that this country “is under the thumb / Of a man we call (*)

Richard,” who’s “a small-headed man,” which anyone, even Chris Ray, could tell you is a reference to Richard Nixon. A song by The Coasters, titled “Down in [this country],” plays during the lap dance scene in Death Proof. For 10 points, name this title country of a Jefferson Airplane song protesting an effort to curtail the shipment of marijuana across the border.




One thinker from this country used the term “empirical space” to define civil and political society in books like

A Princely Impostor?


The Nation and its Fragments

. A historian from this country examined the measuring up of modernization in various countries to the mythical standard of the title continent in his book

Provincializing Europe

. Another thinker who was born in this country examined the solidarity between vegetarians, homosexuals, and animal rights activists who give up their (+)

imperialist advantage, in her book

Affective Communities

, though she is better known for positing the “contrapuntality” between West and non-West in

Postcolonial Theory

. The terms “ambivalence,” “difference,” “mimicry,” and “hybridity” were brought to postcolonial studies by another theorist from here, who won second prize in a “Bad Writing Competition” for a sentence in his book

The (*)

Location of Culture. A more famous thinker from here coined the term “strategic essentialism,” but is better known for translating Of Grammatology. For 10 points, name this home country of the author of “Can the Subaltern Speak?,” Gayatri Spivak.



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