There are no dumb questions, just bad teachers.
In your case, both capacitos are in series. IT doesn't matter if they are upside or in the red boxes, it's series.
How can you tell? This is a rule of thumb: you have to check if there is more than one possible path.
Two elements are in series if they are one after another. There is only one path, so, if you follow the wire, you will find the first element and then the second element. No matter how far they are, if there is only one way, you cannot avoid any element, they are in series. It's like a road. If the road goes through two villages, and there is only one road, it is series.
On the other hand, two elements are in parallel when each element is in a different branch of the circuit. This implies that there must be a bifurcation. In the road analogy, you'd need to have one village on the left path and another on the right path. (This can be generalized to whatever number of branches).
The only caution is: do not mix them. If there's one element and then the bifurcation, that's nothing. The bifurcation must be BEFORE the elements, so that each element is already in a branch. Thsi is different than an element on the main way and then a bifurcation, that's nothing.
So, in your circuit, there is only one path. No bifurcation at all, so there's no doubt it is series.