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Methyl p-nitrobenzoate has been found to undergo saponification (hydrolysis) faster than methyl benzoate.
a. Consider the mechanism of saponification, and explain the reason for this rate enhancement.
b. Would you expect methyl p-methoxybenzoate to undergo saponification faster or slower
than methyl benzoate? WHY?