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1. What are the three main parts of a formal report?


2. What is a letter or memo of authorization?


3. What is a letter or memo of transmittal?


4. What is an executive summary?


5. What does the book mean by methodology and why is it in a report?


Part 2 (1.25-1.75 page answer)

Below is the story of a murder. Read it and then rank the 6 people involved in order of the most responsible to the least responsible. How you rank these people and determine responsibility is part of the task. That being said, though this story features a castle, moat, and a baron and baroness, use today’s standards for morality and conduct. Once you have your list of six, post it in this group discussion group. You are partnered with at least one other person who will also post their lists. Before the end of the due date, discuss your lists by posting on this discussion assignment, and come to a consensus on a list your group agrees on completely. Be prepared to justify this list later.


Once there was a baron and baroness who lived in a large castle on a tiny island in the middle of a treacherous river. One day, the baron told his wife, “I am leaving for the day. Do not leave these castle walls until I return at nightfall, or I shall become wroth and punish you mightily.” And then he left. The baroness did not leave, immediately, but eventually she did. She left the castle and the island and went across the drawbridge to the mainland. There she rendezvoused with her lover, Kip. They spent all day together, but as the sun fell, the baroness left in a hurry so she could beat her husband home. Only when the baroness arrived at the river’s edge and the drawbridge, a knife-wielding madman stood between her and the castle.

He said to the baroness, “Come no further or I will kill you. Seriously. I’m a lunatic. I’m just standing here waiting for people to not take me seriously and try to cross this bridge so I can stab the crap out of them. I’m gonna do it to you if you try to cross. Swear to god. Like if there was some way you could leverage the certainty of me stabbing you into some sort of business venture, you should do it. Because nothing is surer than me stabbing you should you cross.”

The baroness retreated from the drawbridge, but she had no way across but to swim, and the river was too fast and too thick with toxic algae and brain-eating amoebas. Fortunately, she spied in the distance down the shore a boatman.  She ran to the boatman, and when she reached him she couldn’t speak before catching her breath. Finally she said, “Dear boatman, I need a ride across the river to the castle. Please let us not tarry. I need to be there while the sun yet shares its precious light with us.” “I would be happy to, Madam. That’ll be a penny, and then we can push off,” the boatman said. “Oh, I don’t have any cash on me. Can I pay you when we get there?”

“I’m afraid not. Unfortunately, I have to maintain a strict up-front-payment-policy. You know once you get someone across there’s not much you can do if they don’t pay. You can’t chase ’em. Someone will steal your boat. Learned that one the hard way.”

“But I can’t pay right now, and I have to get across”

“Have you tried the drawbridge?” The baroness, unable to persuade the boatman, left and went back to her lover’s house. There she tried to persuade him to help her, but once she mentioned her husband getting back and the knife-wielding madman, he declined. “I mean, this is mostly a physical thing between us, right?” He asked. The baroness left her lover, calling him a number of unpleasant names. She went to a friend’s cottage which was nearby. She explained to her friend everything that had transpired: the warning from her husband, the day with her lover, the madman, the boatman, and then her ex-lover. “Please,” she pleaded with her friend, “I just need a penny.”

“Unh-unh, honey,” her friend said, wagging her finger. “I’m not getting mixed up in this. You made your bed. Now lie in it.” Denied by her friend, her lover, and the boatman, the baroness returned to the drawbridge. The madman was still there, and the speech he had given her, he was now giving to a star above the eastern horizon.  The baroness rushed the drawbridge, and the madman stabbed her to death with his knife. The End

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