what does this mean? english question, sorta.?

im working on my project for english. and one of the instructions says...

"Is the setting crucial or backdrop?"

what do those 2 words mean?

Update:

My story is about the triangle buliding fire in new york city in the early 1900's

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  • Kate H
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    1 decade ago
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    It means, "Is the setting important to the plot (what happens in the story), or is it just to provide some sort of general environment."

    For example, suppose the setting is a farm. If the story is about how Mrs. O'Leary's cow knocked over a lantern and started the Great Chicago Fire, then the setting in crucial (it couldn't have happened anywhere else). If the story is about how two girls had a picnic, then the setting is backdrop (they can have a picnic anywhere).

    EDIT: In your case, the setting is crucial.

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City (March 25, 1911), and was one of the largest industrial disasters in the history of the city of New York, causing the death of 146 garment workers who either died from the fire or jumped to their deaths. It was the worst workplace disaster in New York City until September 11, 2001.

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