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# Why painting the face and perfuming the body should have

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Why painting the face and perfuming the body should have persisted throughout recorded history has been the subject of a substantial amount of anthropological and psychological speculation.

A. Why painting the face and perfuming the body should have persisted
B. How painting the face and perfuming the body could be persistent
C. That painting the face and perfuming the body are persisting
D. Painting the face and perfuming the body persisting
E. The persisting of face painting and body perfuming
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16 Nov 2005, 07:09
This SC is the most ubiquitous of all. I have missed it the last three times, so I am sure the answer is A. Why states the perennial mystery of face painting and body perfuming.
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16 Nov 2005, 07:30
Why painting the face and perfuming the body should have persisted throughout recorded history has been the subject of a substantial amount of anthropological and psychological speculation.

A. Why painting the face and perfuming the body should have persisted
B. How painting the face and perfuming the body could be persistent
C. That painting the face and perfuming the body are persisting
D. Painting the face and perfuming the body persisting
E. The persisting of face painting and body perfuming

i'll go with B....
'throughout = during' --> don't need 'have+p.p' but need just past tense.....
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16 Nov 2005, 08:02
I dont know why should have persisted is used here.

So I vote for B. Could be persistent is more appropriate
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16 Nov 2005, 12:08
I don't know why but I would choose E. (Subject-verb-object).

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16 Nov 2005, 13:05
I think this is a clear Subject/Verb agreement. C should be the answer.
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16 Nov 2005, 13:18
C)...IMO the speculative charakter of the whole passage is already mentioned by "speculation" so that the phrase at the beginning doesnt need to contain words such as "should" or "could" or "why" !
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16 Nov 2005, 16:32
I stared at this SC for 3-4 mins. Couldn't understand a bit. Just hope this type of SC does not show up in real test (save this for people like gmatt73,nabik,rahulraao who seems to have masters ETS thinking ).

The only think I could infer is that:
Why painting the face and perfuming the body should have persisted throughout recorded history

should result into a noun or noun phrase.

both A and B seems fine. However, if we prefix "reason" with both of these, A becomes clearer:

(Reason) Why painting the face and perfuming the body should have persisted throughout recorded history

(Reason) How painting the face and perfuming the body could be persistent
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16 Nov 2005, 16:40
I go with A on this...it maintains the present perfect tense...

should have presisted is present perfect....has been is also present perfect...
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