CBSE 12th Chemistry Board Exam 2020: Important Questions & Answers from Chapter 10 - Haloalkanes and Haloarenes

All the important questions and answers for chapter Haloalkanes and Haloarenes are mentioned below. The students appearing for the CBSE Class 12th Chemistry Examination 2020 are advised to go through the article thoroughly.  

Created On: Mar 5, 2020 15:45 IST
Haloalkanes and Haloarenes
Haloalkanes and Haloarenes

In this article, we have mentioned important questions from chapter  Haloalkanes and Haloarenes. The students appearing for CBSE Class 12th Chemistry Examination 2020 can go through the below-mentioned list of important questions and answers to prepare for the upcoming chemistry examination. 

Key Points to be mentioned while writing the answers to the below mentioned important questions: 

Question 1- Among the following pairs which one undergoes SN2 substitution reaction faster. State reasons.  



Answer: (i) It undergoes SN2 reaction faster as it is a primary halide. 

(ii) Due to its large size, Iodine is a better leaving group, therefore, in the presence of an incoming nucleophile, it will be released at a faster rate. 

Question 2- Among the following pairs which one undergoes SN1 substitution reaction faster. State reasons.  



Answer: i) Tertiary halide reacts faster than secondary halide because of the greater stability of tert-carbocation.          


(ii) Because of the greater stability of secondary carbocation than primary.

Question 3- How can the following conversions be carried out? 

(i) Methyl magnesium bromide to 2-methyl- propan-2-ol

(ii) Benzyl chloride to benzyl alcohol

(iii) 2-Bromopropane to 1-bromopropane

(iv) Benzene to p-chloronitrobenzene

Answer: (i) 




Question 4- Although chlorine is an electron-withdrawing group, yet it is ortho-, para- directing in electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions. Why?

Answer: Chlorine withdraws electrons through inductive effect and releases electrons through resonance. Through inductive effect, chlorine destabilised the intermediate carbocation formed during the electrophilic substitution. Through resonance, halogen tends to stabilise the carbocation and the effect is more pronounced at the ortho- and para- positions. The inductive effect is stronger than resonance and causes net electron withdrawal and thus causes net deactivation. The resonance effect tends to oppose the inductive effect for the attack at the ortho- and para positions and hence makes the deactivation less for ortho- and para attack. Reactivity is thus controlled by the stronger inductive effect and orientation is controlled by resonance effect.

Question 5- State reasons for: 

(i) p-dichlorobenzene has a higher melting point than its o- and m-isomers. 

(ii) (±)-Butan-2-ol is optically inactive. 

(iii) The C–Cl bond length in chlorobenzene is shorter than that in CH3–Cl.

(iv) Chloroform is stored in closed dark brown bottles.

(v) Alkyl halides, though polar, are immiscible with water.

Answer: (i) p-isomers are comparatively more symmetrical, fits closely in the crystal lattice. Therefore, they require more heat to break the strong forces of attraction. As a result, p-isomers have a higher melting point than o- and m-isomers.

(ii)  In a racemic mix, one type of rotation is cancelled by another. Therefore, (±)-Butan-2-ol is optically inactive. 

(iii)  The C–Cl bond length in chlorobenzene is shorter than that in CH3–Cl as in haloalkanes, the halogen atom is attached to sp3 hybridized carbon whereas in haloarenes it is attached to sp2 hybridized carbon whose size is smaller than sp3 orbital carbon.

(iv) Chloroform is stored in closed dark brown bottles because chloroform gets slowly oxidised by air in the presence of light and forms an extremely poisonous gas (carbonyl chloride), popularly known as phosgene. 

(v) Alkyl halides are polar molecules that are held together by dipole-dipole interaction. The molecules of H2O are held together by H- bonds. The forces of attraction between water and alkyl halide molecules are weaker than the existing forces of attraction between alkyl halide-alkyl halide molecules and water-water molecules.

Question 6-  Identify chiral and achiral molecules in each of the following pair of compounds:




Answer: (i) 



Question 7- Define: 

(i) ambident nucleophiles

(ii) racemic mixture

(iii) Sandmeyer’s reaction

Answer: (i) Groups like cyanides and nitrites possess two nucleophilic centres and are called ambident nucleophiles. Cyanide group is a hybrid of two contributing structures and can act as a nucleophile in two different ways [VC≡N ↔ :C=NV], i.e., linking through carbon atoms resulting in alkyl cyanides and through nitrogen atoms leading to isocyanides. 

(ii) A mixture containing two enantiomers in equal proportions will have zero optical rotation, as the rotation due to one isomer will be cancelled by the rotation due to the other isomer. Such a mixture is known as a racemic mixture or racemic modification. A racemic mixture is represented by prefixing dl or (±) before the name, for example (±) butan-2-ol. The process of conversion of enantiomer into a racemic mixture is known as racemisation.

(iii) When a primary aromatic amine, dissolved or suspended in cold aqueous mineral acid, is treated with sodium nitrite, a diazonium salt is formed. Mixing the solution of the freshly prepared diazonium salt with cuprous chloride or cuprous bromide results in the replacement of the diazonium group by –Cl or –Br. Replacement of the diazonium group by iodine does not require the presence of cuprous halide and is done simply by shaking the diazonium salt with potassium iodide.

Question 8- Write the structures for the following: 

(i)  4-tert-Butyl-3-iodoheptane

(ii) 4-Bromo-3-methylpent-2-ene

(iii) p-Bromochlorobenzene

(iv) 1-Chloro-4-ethylcyclohexane

Answer: (i) 




Question 9- Give reasons: 

(i) Grignard’s reagents should be prepared under anhydrous conditions.

(ii) n-Butyl bromide has a higher boiling point than f-butyl bromide.

Answer: (i) Grignard’s reagents react with alcohol, water, amines etc. to form the corresponding hydrocarbon and thus, must be prepared under anhydrous conditions. 

R-MgX + HOH → RH + Mg(OH)X

(ii) n-Butyl bromide has a higher boiling point than f-butyl bromide as it has a larger surface area. Therefore,  it has more Van der Waals’ forces.

Question 10- What happens when: 

(i) Chlorobenzene is treated with Cl2/FeCl3

(ii) Ethyl chloride is treated with AgNO2

(iii) 2-bromopentane is treated with alcoholic KOH

Answer: (i)



The above-mentioned questions are strictly based on the latest syllabus prescribed by the CBSE Board for Chemistry subject. The students can go through the links for the important questions of chemistry mentioned below: 

CBSE 12th Chemistry Board Exam 2020: Important Questions & Answers from Chapter 9 - Coordination Compounds

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