Tea Party Knowledge Sheet 1. What is the historical context for the emergence of the Tea Party? 2. What are the specific issues that concern the Tea Party, and what positions does the Tea Party take on them? 3. Why is the Tea Party identified as conservative or right wing? Is it an extremely conservative movement? Why or why not? (Hint: Are all Republicans Tea Party supporters?) 4. How do Tea Partiers regard liberals and Democracts? 5. How do opinions about the Tea Party vary? 6. What examples of conservatism can you cite from the American past? 7. What individuals, groups, or movements might be seen as ancestors of the Tea Party? Give specific examples.