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Lesson 5. Give Your Reader Sufficient Background - Pg. 18

18 Chapter 5. Give Your Reader Sufficient Background In this lesson you learn what to include in the background section of your document to appropriately set the stage for the balance of your memo. What Is the Background? The background of a memo immediately follows the overview and provides the facts and assump- tions relevant to the subject of your document. These facts and assumptions enable your reader to react to your recommendation or conclusions appropriately. After reading the background, your reader should ... · Quickly understand the current or historical context necessary to evaluate your recommenda- tion(s) or conclusion(s), regardless of the level of prior familiarity.