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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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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2007, 13:36
throughout recorded history

this prompted me towards a present perfect (persisted in past and continue into present times) or past tense (finished persisting in the past)

I go for A (but not without scoffing at the sentence construction)
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2007, 13:53
I'm stumped but would go with A on the examination day.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2007, 13:56
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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


I vote for "A".

B - "could be persistent" tells me that it hasn't happened yet.
C - I don't think any phrase should start with "that"
D - Persisting just makes the sentence awkward
E - "The persisting" is not the intended subject but rather "the reason why" face painting and purfuming the body should have persisted


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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2007, 18:43
I was between A & B. Will go with A.

(B) could be persistent - persistent is not the same as persisted
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2007, 19:18
I believe it is C.
Rest are not idiomatically correct.
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2007, 00:55
OA is 'A'.

The key is the present perfect tense. 'A' correctly uses the tense and conveys the right meaning.
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