What is the Death Penalty? “The death penalty is the special sign of barbaric behaviour. Wherever the death penalty is used, barbarism dominates, wherever the death penalty is rare, civilisation reigns”. This is what Victor Hugo said during a debate on the total abolition of the death penalty. Here at French Notes, we have a sample opinion question on the death penalty. You will receive a sample opinion question written in both French and English with a guide to grammatical constructions used, plus a list of words to help you craft your own written piece.