There are a few methods that can be used to make alpha-hydroxy ketones but in general, they are not as easy to produce as are beta-hydroxy ketones and aldehydes. A related reaction to the one you performed in lab is known as the “acyloin condensation”. Provide the typical conditions for this reaction (show the general reaction scheme). List at least two reasons why this method would not be the first choice for the synthesis of benzoin.

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