CH3–CH2–OH + Alkaline KMnO4 + Heat→ CH3–COOH
In the above-given reaction, alkaline KMnO4 acts as
  1. reducing agent
  2. oxidising agent
  3. catalyst
  4. dehydrating agent

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Correct Answer: (b) oxidising agent

Explanation: Two Hydrogen atoms are replaced by an atom of oxygen making oxidation of ethanol. Here, the addition of oxygen is provided by potassium. 

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