In this humorous example showcasing the gap between the "real world" and theory, Thornton Melon challenges the assumptions that Dr. Barbay poses to the class about starting a new company. Thornton asks questions such as why they are building a factory instead of leasing one and what product they're selling. Dr. Barbay is not amused by his interjections.
Thornton Melon needs to sign up for classes, but the registration lines are very long. Instead of cutting the line or bribing other students in order to move himself forward in the registration line, Thornton devises a plan to decrease the size of all the lines. His plan works beautifully.
Thornton Melon's English professor encourages him to recite the poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas then asks for his interpretation. Thornton provides a curt but powerful response.