- Where the action or most of the story is taking place
- Time (era, period and place
- the viewpoint or the narrative mode or the perspective of the narrator voice.
- Key events that happen in the story.
- the general idea of the story.
- The story's ideas? Author's attitude towards those ideas? Author's "statement" about those ideas? The story's message or main point? Your attitude?
- the problem of the story.