Once, there were two travelers going down a winding forest path. The travelers come to a fork in the road. Unfortunately, the woods are so densely wooded, you cannot see more than a few feet down each path.
In the split, there is a young man sitting with a puzzled look on his face. Clearly shaken by something, the travelers ask the young man what the problem is.
"Well, you see," said the young man, "I was walking to visit a friend in the village on the far side of the wood. When I came to this fork, there was a raspy-voiced apparition floating here."
"He posed a riddle to me, to try to figure out which path is the correct one. He said that one path lead to the village, while the other led to certain death. All I had to do was ask him a question. One question with a 'YES' or 'NO' answer. I could use that question to determine which is the correct path."
"I sat and I pondered and I pondered, but I couldn't come up with a good question. Finally, looking for clarification, I asked him if there were any limits to the question. He said 'NO' and disappeared. Now, I cannot find my way forward."
Well, the two travelers decided to help out the young lad. They told him that they, as experienced travelers, could examine the paths and return to tell the young man which path was good and which was bad.
And so they set out examining the paths. Within minutes, they had disappeared into the thick woods. The young man sat in the clearing, waiting for hours. Finally, one of the travelers returned, obviously short on water. With a dry, hoarse voice, the traveler told the young man that the path to the left, from which he just escaped, was the path to freedom. The young man immediately went down the path to the right, where he met the other traveler returning to tell him this was the correct path. He continued on his way until he found the town.
How did he determine the right path to get out of the woods alive?
So, I don't proofread, apparently. I completely missed a line above. I have added the italicized line. I apologize to those who have already answered if this causes any issue with your answer.